Veteran journalist M V Kamath, who served as the Washington correspondent of The Times of India and the Editor of the now-defunct Illustrated Weekly of India, passed away at a hospital in Manipal this morning after a brief illness.
He was 93.
Sources at the Kasturba Medical College Hospital told NetIndian that Mr Kamath had been admitted there about a week ago for treatment of problems associated with old age. He breathed his last around 6.30 am today, they said.
During a long career in journalism, he worked as the Washington correspondent for The Times of India during 1969-78 and as Editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India from 1978 to 1981. He had also worked for the Press Trust of India (PTI) and had served as the Editor of the Sunday Times. He is also a former Chairman of the Prasar Bharati Board.
Madhav Vittal Kamath was born on September 7, 1921 and had his schooling in Manipal before taking a B.Sc. degree from the Aloysius College in Mangalore.
He worked for some time as a chemist before setting out on a journalistic career as a reporter for the Free Press Journal in Mumbai. He was the Honorary Diector of the Manipal Institute of Communication.
The Government had honoured him with the Padma Bhushan award in 2004.
He authored several books, including one on Prime Minister Narendra Modi titled "Narendra Modi -- The Architect of a Modern State", which he co-authored with Kalindi Randeri.
Some of his other books include "On Media, Politics and Literature (2009)", "Gandhi – A Spiritual Journey" (2007), "Reporter at Large" (2002),and "The Pursuit of Excellence" (1982).