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Veteran journalist M V Kamath passes away2 min read

October 10, 2014 2 min read

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Manipal/Udupi: Honorary Director of School of Communication (SOC), Manipal and veteran Indian journalist Dr M V Kamath passed away at the age of 93, in the early hours of October 9, owing to a cardiac arrest.

Besides being the strongest pillar of T M A Pai Foundation, Madhav Vittal Kamath served as the editor of The Sunday Times, the Washington correspondent of Times of India, and The Illustrated Weekly of India in his younger days. He has authored about 50 books, including co-authoring a biography of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Thursday morning, Modi tweeted, saying ‘My mind goes back to the several interactions I had with M V Kamathji. He was a repository of knowledge, always full of humility and grace.’

A paternal figure for many, his memorial service was held in the afternoon at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) College, Udupi, and was attended by the faculty and students from Manipal University, and Sharada Residential School. His body was kept there for the public to pay their last respects, while a video of his interview was being screened. Following this, his body was taken to his ancestral home in Udupi after which it was cremated at the Beedingudde Crematorium ground, later in the evening.

Krishna Bhat, Director, MGM recalled, “He was punctual and polite; a real gentleman. He used to speak passionately of his involvement in Gandhi’s propaganda for justice. I even had the opportunity to interview him last year, but we could not follow up with it due to his failing health.”

“Dr Kamath was an incessant writer and story teller, and his stories were valuable because he lived almost throughout 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, which spoke of the Gandhi-Nehru age. Out of his 93 years, he spent 60 of them as a journalist. One of his columns was titled The Moving Finger Writes. He wrote until the very last minute. Now the moving finger has stopped writing,” added Professor Varadesh Hiregange, Director,School Of Communication.

Sub-edited by Sharanya Khosla