Veteran journalist CMR dies

A veteran journalist, Mr. Ramachandra passed away on Friday due to complications related to his age. The 94-year-old journalist was the editorial representative of L & # 39; Hindu in Karnataka.

He leaves to mourn his son. Born on April 24, 1925, M. Ramachandra joined L & # 39; Hindu July 1, 1952 after four years of residence at Deccan Herald. He retired from the organization in 1992, but continued to write regular political commentary during Front line.

Recognized for his mastery of the political situation in Karnataka, he had covered the pace since the formation of the State on 1 November 1956. He reported on the evolution of the situation in 1969, while the Congress was about to split (O) and Congress (I) – around the presidential election – was considered insightful.

Bangalore was then the hotspot of the 'Syndicate' and the place of several stormy sessions that determined the future of the party. An AICC session was held in Lalbagh in 1960.

CMR, as it was commonly known, was one of the first to win the Rajyotsava Award for excellence in journalism in December 1985.

The author of several books, among which his best known, is 'Battle for the White House', on the aspects of the presidential elections based on months of travel and stay in the United States of America; "The odyssey of the scribe", which traces the reminiscences of his professional career; "The Pithamaha Bible for crooks", on scammers of trust; "The most admired and the most hunted Indian Prime Minister – Ramakrishna Hegde"; "The Dalits of America – Their Gandhis and Ambedkars"; and "A rare and magnificent monument to democracy and popular supremacy – Vidhana Soudha". His latest book, "Cockpit of India's Political Battles – Karnataka," was published in May this year.

Many expressed their condolences on the occasion of his death. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy stated that CMR was an authoritative voice on the political history of Karnataka and represented a values-based journalism.