A.M. Rosenthal, New York Times India correspondent from 1954 to 1958, was executive editor of the daily for 18 years. In 1960, he won the Pulitzer for his reporting from Poland. Rosenthal, who retired from the NYT in 1988, continues to be a columnist for the paper. He and his wife, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, former beauty editor of Vogue, were in India recently for the international seminar to mark the golden jubilee of the Press Trust of India. During the visit, he also investigated the attacks on Christians. Excerpts from an interview:
What are your impressions about today's India?
I worked in India from 1954 to 1958. I returned in 1962 to cover the war with China. Since then, I've been here six or seven times. The first impression this time was: the place has become so big, so many people, so many cars!
After World War II, every newly independent country became either militarist, fascist or communist. I don't like any of them. India was the only nation that chose democracy and stayed with it, except for a brief period during the...