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MV Kamath passes away

MV Kamath passes away
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Veteran journalist and former chairman of Prasar Bharati MV Kamath, who was one of the earliest biographers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, died on Thursday morning in his native place Manipal in Karnataka. He was 94.

Bangalore/Mumbai: Veteran journalist and former chairman of Prasar Bharati MV Kamath, who was one of the earliest biographers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, died on Thursday morning in his native place Manipal in Karnataka. He was 94.

Kamath was the Washington correspondent of The Times of India for a decade.

Known popularly as MV Kamath, he was a Padma Bhushan awardee.

Kamath began his stint as a reporter with 'The Free Press Journal' in Mumbai in 1946, before which he had worked as a dye chemist and served as an analytical chemist and assistant factory manager.

During his more than six-decade-long career, Kamath had worked as Special Correspondent of the Press Trust of India at the United Nations from 1955 to 1958. He was also a regular contributor to The Hans India and The Sunday Hans editions. He had been hospitalised for the past few days and breathed his last at around 6.30 am, said his nephew Jairam Kamath.

Kamath was born on September 7, 1921 in Udupi, Karnataka. He was a science graduate and initially worked as a chemist for five years before switching to journalism. Kamath penned over 40 books, including "Gandhi - A Spiritual Journey", "Reporter At Large", and co-authored "Narendra Modi - The Architect of a Modern State" (2009). Later, he joined the Times of India Group and was the editor of The Sunday Times between 1967-69. He was also the Times of India India's Washington correspondent, and worked there for nearly 10 years, before returning in 1978 to serve as the editor of the erstwhile Illustrated Weekly of India news magazine till 1981.

Modi condoles death
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death MV Kamath, saying his demise is a "loss to the world of literature and journalism". "A prolific writer and fine human being, M.V. Kamath's demise is a loss to the world of literature and journalism. May his soul rest in peace," Modi said in a tweet. "My mind goes back to the several interactions I had with M.V. Kamath ji. He was a repository of knowledge, always full of humility and grace," he added.

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