Senior journalist Mark Tully has advised the Congress to consider looking at the Gandhian model of nationalism to revive itself. He also suggested the party to find a place for religion in its politics. Speaking at the Express Adda, he said that the party’s leaders must revive its ideology and state what it stands for, Indian Express reported. “The Congress should find a place for religion” in what the party stands for, said Tully. When the Congress talks about secularism it gives the impression that they are “anti-religion” while “most Indians are religious”, the paper quoted him as saying.
While pointing out that the Congress must look at “a nationalism with a religious colouring to it, which was a multi-faith religious colouring to it,” Mark Tully observed that as per the party and its supporters today, “if you say anything about Hinduism, if you say anything about religion, you are RSS” Indian Express said. Tully, who reported for the BBC from India also said that the country also needed an “independent public service broadcaster”, which was the idea behind Prasar Bharati when it was set up. As per the paper, he however said that Prasar Bharati “is not doing that job” . The veteran journalist also spoke about the press and Indian politicians. He further said that political leaders who do not engage with meddia are failing in their duties and one who tries to control the press in today’s era is “making a huge mistake”.
Responding on top politicians, bypassing the traditional interface with the press and using social media sites like Twitter to inform the public, Mark Tully observed that felt this “idea of putting all the news on Twitter” was extraordinary, and “just sounds all wrong”. He added that any politician “who is reluctant to face the press is failing in his duty, because the press is an essential part of this whole democratic setup, and the press should be enabled to do its job, and that job includes questioning politicians”. The absence of credible news lead to rumour and false news, Tully further added, Indian Express added.