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Mainstream, Vol. XLVIII, No 33, August 7, 2010

K.M. Mathew Is No More

Monday 9 August 2010

One of the sturdy pillars of Indian journalism, K.M. Mathew, 93, Chief Editor of the mass-circulation Malayalam newspaper Malayala Manorama, is no more. He passed away at his residence in Kottayam on August 1, 2010.

Under K.M. Mathew’s stewardship, Malayala Manorama embarked on a journey of expansion and modernisation that changed the face of newspapers in Malayalam. He has been aptly described as a “dynamic and visionary journalist” by President Pratibha Patil.

Besides the President, PM Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Kerala CM V.S. Achuthanandan, inter alia, condoled his death.

In his tribute, Editors Guild of India President Rajdeep Sardesai said: “As Chief Editor of the Malayala Manorama group, K.M. Mathew set new benchmarks in language journalism and spearheaded a media revolution.”

He is survived by three sons and a daughter. His wife predeceased him a few years ago. His sons—Mammen, Philip and Jacob—are the Editor, Managing Editor and Executive Editor of Malayala Manorama respectively.

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