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Veteran journalist MV Kamath passes away

MUMBAI: Veteran journalist MV Kamath died of a cardiac arrest at the Kasturba Hospital in Manipal, Karnataka. Aged 93, he was admitted to the hospital after a period of brief illness.

Kamath had vast experience in the field of media and journalism and was honoured with a Padma Bhushan.

He was a former editor of ‘The Illustrated Weekly of India’ and a former chairman of the Prasar Bharati Board. He had also worked with PTI, been a Washington Correspondent of the ‘Times of India’ and editor of ‘The Sunday Times’.

A member of the Executive Committee of MAHE (Deemed University), Kamath was also the honorary president and honorary director of the Manipal Institute of Communication as well.

He started his career as a reporter with the ‘Free Press Journal’, and authored several books including ‘Narendra Modi: The Architect of a Modern State’, ‘Gandhi: A Spiritual Journey’ and ‘Reporter at Large’.

He was also president of the Bombay Union of Journalists in 1953.

Born in Udupi on 7 September 1921, Kamath did his early education in Manipal. He graduated with a BSc.

The funeral is being held today and the body will be kept for public viewing at the Nutana Ravindra Mantapa on MGM College campus in Udupi from 1 pm to 4 pm and will then be taken to his ancestral home at Kadabettu in Udupi.

According to the district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), former deputy PM LK Advani is expected to be present at the funeral of Kamath at Beedinagudde crematorium.

Condoling the demise of the veteran journalist, All India Radio (AIR) has stated, “Padma Bhushan Shri Kamath has been one of the outstanding media persons having contributed creditably to the social transformation of India. He has worked in multifarious capacities and his demise is a loss to the nation, especially its media escape.”

He headed the Prasar Bharati Board from January 2003 to February 2008.

A condolence meeting was held this morning on the premises of the AIR directorate general and rich tributes were paid to the departed soul.