Bangalore: Veteran journalist and former chairman of Prasar Bharati M.V. Kamath, died early morning today in his native place Manipal in Karnataka. He was 94.
He had been hospitalised for the past few days and died of cardiac arrest around 7.30 am, said his relative. Kamath was currently the Honorary Director of Manipal Institute of Communication.
Madhav Vittal Kamath was born on Sep 7, 1921 in Udupi, Karnataka. He was a science graduate and initially worked as a chemist for five years before taking up journalism.
A Padma Bhushan recipient, he penned over 40 books, including “Gandhi – A Spiritual Journey”, “Reporter At Large”, and co-authored “Narendra Modi – The Architect of a Modern State” (2009). A journalist well known for his right wing association, Kamath was one of the earliest biographers of Narendra Modi
He started his media career with Mumbai’s daily, the Free Press Journal, as a reporter in 1946 and later worked for its eveninger, Free Press Bulletin.
Later, he joined the Times of India Group and he worked as the editor of ‘The Sunday Times (India)’ for two years during 1967-69 and its Washington Correspondent of ‘Times of India’ during 1969-78. He also served as editor of ‘The Illustrated Weekly of India’.
Kamath was appointed as the chairman of Prasar Bharati, the autonomous public service broadcaster of India.
Expressing his condolences on the death of Kamath, PM Narendra Modi tweeted: “A prolific writer and fine human being, Shri MV Kamath’s demise is a loss to the world of literature and journalism. May his soul rest in peace.
“My mind goes back to the several interactions I had with MV Kamath ji. He was a repository of knowledge, always full of humility and grace,” he said.