Noted journalist B G Verghese passes away
- Eminent journalist B G Verghese, a Ramon Magsaysay award
winner and former editor of leading dailies Hindustan Times and Indian Express,
passed away at the age of 87 after brief illness.
- Verghese was diagnosed for dengue a month back and was
suffering from low-grade fever and weakness for last couple of weeks.
- He was
survived by his wife Jamila and sons Vijay and Rahul.
- Verghese, who authored many books, was editor of Hindustan
Times from 1969 to 1975 and The Indian Express from 1982 to 1986.
- He was also
information adviser to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1966 to 1969 but was
critical of her for imposing the Emergency in 1975.
- A crusader for civil rights, Verghese has long worked on
problems of development.
- He was part of the Editors Guild of India Fact Finding
Mission after the Gujarat riots in 2002.
- His books include Waters of hope, India's North East, Fourth
Estate (2005) and his autobiography First Draft: Witness to Making of Modern
- Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash said demise of
Verghese was a big loss and recalled his fight for media rights during
Emergency imposed by the then Indira Ganshi government in 1975.