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Veteran journalist M V Kamath dies

Veteran journalist and former chairman of Prasar Bharati, Madhav Vittal Kamath died at a hospital in Manipal this morning.

The 93 year old Kamath breathed his last at 6.30 am. He was keeping ill for the last few days and died due to cardiac arrest, according to doctors at Manipal hospital.

He was born on September 7, 1921 in Udupi. He studied chemistry and physics and graduated from Bombay University in 1941. He started his career as a dye chemist and worked in pharmaceutical industry before entering the field of journalism.

Kamath began his journalism career as a reporter with Free Press Journal in Bombay in 1946. When India won independence on the midnight of August 14, 1947, Kamath was present on the occasion and reported the event.

Kamath worked in many newspapers and magazines like Free Press Bulletin, Bharath Jyothi, and Press Trust of India. He also served as Sunday editor of The Times of India. He also served as Washington correspondent for the same paper between 1969 and 1978. He was Editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, a magazine from the house of Bennett, Coleman and Co, from 1978-1981, which was closed later.

He was also member of Board of Manipal University and honorary director of Manipal Institute of Communication and held many positions in various organisations including Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, All India Konkani Bhasha Parishat and Dr TMA Pai Foundation among others.

He was awarded Padma Bhushan. Kamath also wrote many books and biographies including that of prime minister Narendra Modi. He also wrote books on six banks such as Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Union Bank, Bank of India and Saraswat Bank. He also wrote books on Sai Baba, philosophy and journalism. At the time of his death, he was writing a book titled Pain and Death, which could not be completed.

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