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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2861

UN Bureau Chief For Press Trust Of India (PTI) Passes Away

By Thalif Deen in the UN

United Nation, 31 July ( As a longstanding journalist covering the United Nations for PTI, Dharam Shourie rarely missed a breaking UN story on India. With his wealth of experience as a reporter and his wide ranging contacts, he pursued his stories relentlessly. And as any good newspaperman would do, he filed his story for his news agency first, and then shared it with his South Asian colleagues at the UN the next morning.

But he will also be best remembered for recounting some of the best political anecdotes from his days back in New Delhi. One that I will never forget is the story of a journalist, armed with a tape recorder, visiting a cabinet minister for an interview many moons ago.

When the minister found out that the reporter was carrying a tape recorder-- a politically lethal weapon by his standards-- he asked the reporter to leave it outside his office and then came the punch line: ''You are trying to deny me my right to deny what I am going to tell you.''

Shourie would regale us with dozens of similar anecdotes, a talent most journalists acquire on the job.

- Asian Tribune -

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