Ramesh G Jethwani is a prolific "Letters to Editor writer/columnist, who over the decades has written over a thousand "Letters to editor" and few columns, which have been widely published in leading newspapers in India and in GCC(Gulf countries),These letters to editor/ Columns are a testimony to the power of his ideas,his letters and columns short and precious - have served a very useful purpose in drawing the attention of authorities about important issues concerning society and the governmnet. His father always emphasized the importance of public service Read more

Tributes/ Highlighting Distuingshed people

M.V.KAMATH LEADING JOURNALIST OF INDIA

DOYEN FADES AWAY
DECCAN HERALD-11TH OCT-2014-L.E.

This refers to "veteran journalist M V Kamath no more"(DH,oct10). Veteran and illustrative journalist,Kamath will undoubtedly will be best remembered as the doyen of indian journalism. he was a highly accomplished journalist, a padma bhushan awardee, the editor of illustrated weekly of india among... Read More

M.V.KAMATH LEADING JOURNALIST OF INDIA
DOYEN FADES AWAY
DECCAN HERALD-11TH OCT-2014-L.E.

This refers to "veteran journalist M V Kamath no more"(DH,oct10). Veteran and illustrative journalist, Kamath will undoubtedly will be best remembered as the doyen of indian journalism.he was a highly accomplished journalist, a padma bhushan awardee, the editor of illustrated weekly of india among others.a prolific writer,Kamath upheld the finest professional standards of integrity and objectivity. The nation becomes poorer when men like Kamath fade away from the scene.

He will always be remembered as a towering figure in the world of journalism and with his demise, he leaves behind a glorious legacy of intellect and excellence. Kamath will be greatly missed by all those, whose lives he influenced.

We pray to god that his family and friends gather the strength to overcome this grief.

- RAMESH G JETHWANI (India) VIA E-MAIL.

M.V KAMATH LEADING JOURNALIST OF INDIA

DOYEN OF JOURNALISM
THE PIONEER--MONDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2014 | RAMESH G JETHWANI | BANGALORE

Sir — This refers to the report, “Manipal mourns death of scribe MV Kamath” (October 10) by Kestur Vasuki. Veteran journalist Madhav Vittal Kamath who passed away on October 9, will be best remembered as a doyen... Read More

M.V KAMATH LEADING JOURNALIST OF INDIA
DOYEN OF JOURNALISM
THE PIONEER--MONDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2014 | RAMESH G JETHWANI | BANGALORE

Sir — This refers to the report, “Manipal mourns death of scribe MV Kamath” (October 10) by Kestur Vasuki. Veteran journalist Madhav Vittal Kamath who passed away on October 9, will be best remembered as a doyen of Indian Journalism of pre and post-Independent era of the country.

He was a highly accomplished journalist. He was awarded Padma Bhushan for his contributions toIndian journalism. He was also the editor of Illustrated Weekly of India. A former chairman of Prasar Bharati, he worked for the Free Press Journal as a reporter. Besides, he was also the Washington correspondent of the Times of India. He was a towering personality. A versatile journalistand a prolific writer.

Perhaps, he was also the last surviving journalist of pre-independent era who saw the tri-colour go up. He wrote 40 books and many biographies including one on Prime Minister Narendra Modi —The Architect of Modern State (2009).

The nation is poorer when men like Kamath fade away. He will always be remembered as a towering figure in the world of Indian journalism. Leaving behind a legacy of excellence, with his demise, a glorious chapter of Indian journalism has come to an end. MV Kamath will be greatly missed.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

M.V KAMATH LEADING JOURNALIST OF INDIA

Towering figure of journalism
Free Press Journal -Oct 11, 2014--LE.

Veteran and illustrious journalist M V Kamath, who passed away on Thursday, will be undoubtedly best remembered as the doyen of Indian journalism, both of the pre- and post-Independent era of country... Read More

M.V KAMATH LEADING JOURNALIST OF INDIA
Towering figure of journalism
Free Press Journal -Oct 11, 2014--LE.

Veteran and illustrious journalist M V Kamath, who passed away on Thursday, will be undoubtedly best remembered as the doyen of Indian journalism, both of the pre- and post-Independent era of country. He was a towering personality, a versatile journalist and a prolific writer, upholding the finest professional standards of integrity and objectivity. He built up a vast circle of friends and admirers not only among journalists, but in varied fields. The nation is poorer whenever men like Kamath fade away from the scene. With his demise, a glorious chapter of Indian journalism has come to an end. He touched numerous lives with his writing.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Remembering Khushwant Singh

Khaleej times-Filed on March 22, 2014.

With the passing away of Khushwant Singh, the acclaimed writer, renowned journalist, historian and satirist, a glorious and unforgettable chapter in India’s history of pre- and post-independence journalism and writing has come to an end... Read More

Remembering Khushwant Singh
Khaleej times-Filed on March 22, 2014.

With the passing away of Khushwant Singh, the acclaimed writer, renowned journalist, historian and satirist, a glorious and unforgettable chapter in India’s history of pre- and post-independence journalism and writing has come to an end. Khushwant Singh, known for his literary work and journalism, was also a wonderfully kind and generous man. A multi-faceted personality, he was also a candid political commentator.

In an illustrious career spanning more than seven decades, he was honoured with many awards. The governmnet of India recognised his services in the field of literature and journalism and conferred the second highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, on him but he returned it in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple by security forces. Subsequently in 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. The editor of one of the best known magazines of that time, the Illustrated Weekly of India, Hindustan Times and National Herald, he was also member of parliament,

The best tribute to the departed soul will be to call him a national treasure. We have lost an iconic figure. The void left by this legendary writer’s death can never be filled.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani, Bangalore.

LEGENDARY JOURNALIST. (INDER MALHOTRA).

THE PIONEER-TUESDAY, 14 JUNE 2016 | RAMESH G JETHWANI | BANGALORE--L.E.

Sir — With the passing away of legendary journalist Inder Malhotra, journalism in India, particularly the English media has lost a towering figure It will be more appropriate to call InderMalhotra the most outstanding... Read More

LEGENDARY JOURNALIST. (INDER MALHOTRA).
THE PIONEER-TUESDAY, 14 JUNE 2016 | RAMESH G JETHWANI | BANGALORE--L.E.

Sir — With the passing away of legendary journalist Inder Malhotra, journalism in India, particularly the English media has lost a towering figure. It will be more appropriate to call InderMalhotra the most outstanding chronicle of Indian journalism.

After independence, he was one of the most outstanding political correspondent this country had ever seen. He upheld the finest professional standard, objectivity and deep research skills.

- RAMESH G JETHWANI | BANGALORE.

END OF AN ERA--(INDER MALHOTRA)

ARAB NEWS.PUBLISHED — TUESDAY 14 JUNE 2016,L.E.

With the death of noted Indian journalist Inder Malhotra an era has ended. He was a well-respected name of mainstream English journalism and a towering figure of Indian media.
It would be appropriate to call him the most outstanding political correspondent of post-independence India.... Read More

END OF AN ERA--(INDER MALHOTRA)
ARAB NEWS.PUBLISHED — TUESDAY 14 JUNE 2016,L.E.

With the death of noted Indian journalist Inder Malhotra an era has ended. He was a well-respected name of mainstream English journalism and a towering figure of Indian media.

It would be appropriate to call him the most outstanding political correspondent of post-independence India. His reporting on defense issues used to be brilliant and objective.

He always upheld the finest professional standard. His reports used to be well researched and balanced. Malhotra began his career as a journalist from The Statesman and later on joined Times of India. Unlike today’s so-called journalists,

Malhotra belonged to that generation of scribes who had joined this profession as a cause and to serve the masses.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani, Bangalore(India)

Dilip Padgaonkar "A stalwart of journalism".

Sir,Vetaran journalist and author,Dilip Padgaonkar, who passed away on Friday, will be undoubtedly be best remembered as one of the leading doyen of Indian journalism of the post-Independent era of country and of our time.he was The Editor of Times of India ... Read More

Dilip Padgaonkar "A stalwart of journalism".

Sir,Vetaran journalist and author,Dilip Padgaonkar, who passed away on Friday, will be undoubtedly be best remembered as one of the leading doyen of Indian journalism of the post-Independent era of country and of our time.he was The Editor of Times of India .Dilip Padgaonkar was the man of great culture and intellect, someone who always encouraged young journalists.

He will also be best known for, when central governmnet(UPA-II) appointd him as part of three member interlocutors team to establish a dialogue with diffrent people of jammu and Kshmir and suggest how India can go ahead for a political settlement in the state of Jammu kashmir after continous unrest in valley in 2008,.

Padgaonkar belonged to that generation of scribes who had joined this profession as a cause and to serve the masses.The nation is poorer when men like Dilip Padgaonkar fades away. He will always be remembered as a towering figure in the world of Indian journalism, Leaving behind a legacy of excellence,

With his demise, a glorious chapter of Indian journalism has come to an end. Dilip Padgaonkar will be greatly missed by all .

- Ramesh G. Jethwani ,Bangalore.

Tribute to B.K . Karanjia.

Death of Indian journalist
Arab News-25 June 2012-LE

This refers to “Veteran Indian journalist dies” (June 24), in the death of renowned Indian filmjournalist Burjor K Karanjia, popularly known as "BK," who passed away in Pune, brings to end an era of yesteryears of film journalism when there was no electronic media and Internet.... Read More

Tribute to B.K . Karanjia.
Death of Indian journalist
Arab News-25 June 2012-LE

This refers to “Veteran Indian journalist dies” (June 24), in the death of renowned Indian filmjournalist Burjor K Karanjia, popularly known as "BK," who passed away in Pune, brings to end an era of yesteryears of film journalism when there was no electronic media and Internet. It was only film magazines that connects readers with film industry exceedingly well.

He was the brother of yesteryears most renowned and outstanding journalists of his time, Rusi Karanjia, who persuaded serious investigative journalism and brought out most sought after investigative tabloid "Blitz.”

While BK influenced film journalism and the entertainment industry and started his career as reporter before becoming editor of renowned film magazines like Filmfare, Screen, Movie Times, Cinema Movie and others. He was also founder of the trendsetter film finance corporation, which set a precedent of financing low-budget, high quality films with upcoming stars and directors instead of spending big money on big budget films with big outdoor banners. He also held the position of NDFC chairman. He also authored several books about film industry, Due to his outstanding work in the film industry, he was member of jury in many national and international film festivals.

Despite advancing age-related diseases, his zest for journalism and writing continued as he wrote for several newspapers in India and in Gulf, including your esteemed newspaper Arab News. In his last days of life BK was very much concerned about the decay of Mumbai civic life, which was once considered a most disciplined city to live where citizens were contended with its governance.

The veteran film journalist left behind legacy of excellence in journalism and a glorious chapter of film journalism comes to an end. His loss is irreparable. We all pray to God that his family and readers gathers strength to overcome this, from God we come and to God we return.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani, Bangalore, India.

BK Karanjia doyen of film journalism.

DNA India 26 June 2012,L.E

In death of renowned c journalist Burro Kara film popularly known as BK marks the end of an era. He started his career as a reporter When there was no electronic media or internet. He was the younger brother of Russy K Karanjia who persuaded investigative journalism and brought out 'Blitz while BK persuaded film journalism... Read More

BK Karanjia doyen of film journalism.
DNA India 26 June 2012,L.E

In death of renowned c journalist Burro Kara film popularly known as BK marks the end of an era. He started his career as a reporter When there was no electronic media or internet. He was the younger brother of Russy K Karanjia who persuaded investigative journalism and brought out 'Blitz while BK persuaded film journalism.

Starting as a re-porter, he became the editor of Film fare and Screen. He was also NFDC chairman and authored several books on Indian film industry.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani ,Bangalore.

A STALWART NO MORE. (K.M Mathew)

Malayala manorama editor-in-chief and stalwart of journalism
Deccan Chronicle 3 August 2010 ,L.E.

The death of Malayala manorama editor-in-chief and journalism stalwart K.M Mathew is a great loss for the nation. Mr Mathew – fondly referred to as Mathukutty Ichayan in Kerala – was a charming and extremely pleasing individual who chose to put work ... Read More

A STALWART NO MORE. (K.M Mathew)
Malayala manorama editor-in-chief and stalwart of journalism
Deccan Chronicle 3 August 2010 ,L.E.

The death of Malayala manorama editor-in-chief and journalism stalwart K.M Mathew is a great loss for the nation. Mr Mathew – fondly referred to as Mathukutty Ichayan in Kerala – was a charming and extremely pleasing individual who chose to put work above his personal well being in his journalistic career spanning more than five decades.

Even at 93, the Padma Bhushan awardee regularly attended office till last week. He maintained a low profile and was sensitive to the demands of his employees.

Under his stewardship, Manorama reached commanding heights both at the national and international level. His presence will be sorely missed.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani ,Bangalore.

Raghavan was a journalist par excellence.

DNA India 26 March 2012

The news of passing away of veteran journalist E Raghavan is shocking and saddening.He was an exceptionally endearing human being, soft spoken and had modest views. He groomed many journalists, who today hold eminent position in Torstein
His illustrious career spanned four decades... Read More

Raghavan was a journalist par excellence
DNA India 26 March 2012

The news of passing away of veteran journalist E Raghavan is shocking and saddening.He was an exceptionally endearing human being, soft spoken and had modest views. He groomed many journalists, who today hold eminent position in Torstein.

His illustrious career spanned four decades, in which he had the honor and distinction of serving as the editor of four leading dailies of South India. He did his job with great professionalism and commitment. His colleagues remember him as someone who was a strict follower of rule and insisted on getting every fact, no matter how small, right before sending the story to the press.

He was an outstanding columnist. His articles in DNA stand testimony to the deep insight he possessed in the field of politics. They were keenly read by DNA readers. His death is a great loss to the world of journalism. May his soul rest in peace.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani ,Bangalore.

Tribute to Legendary Journalist "V N Subba Rao"

Sir, , In Death of renowned Indian Journalist of V N Subba Rao who passed away yesterday in Bangalore brings to end of an era of yesterday years journalism when there was no Electronic media, internet and computer Typing. it was an Era... Read More

Tribute to Legendary Journalist "V N Subba Rao"

Sir, , In Death of renowned Indian Journalist of V N Subba Rao who passed away yesterday in Bangalore brings to end of an era of yesterday years journalism when there was no Electronic media, internet and computer Typing. it was an Era of hand writing Typewriters and teleprinters where he used to write 1000 words of articles in an hours time in most flawless manner. He was popularly known as "VNSR" to his freinds and well wishers, he had excellent grip on the intricacies of Karnataka's politics as well as about Kannada film industry,His writings always stood for deep testimony of films and politics and were always of read with keen interest by readers,

He will always be remembered for excellence in journalism,great leadership qualities,quest for exclusive news, his greatest contribution to the journalism which will always remain his hallmark was grooming of young journalists who had the prevelage to work under VNSR and are who are today's star journalists like K.S. Sachidananda Murthy of "Week",

Veteran journalists has left behind legacy of excellence in journalism,with his demise a glorious chapter of journalism comes to an End.His demise is a irreparable loss to journalism, he will be greatly missed. he was also receipt of Rajyotsava award

On behalf of readers heartfelt condolences to the grieving family of VNSR as he leaves behind his family ,fellow journalists and hosts of his readers who always read his columns with great interest especially,May god give courage to his family to bear this loss and his soul rest in Peace.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani ,Bangalore.

JOURNALIST PAR EXCELLENCE,(RIDA LARI)

ARAB JOURNALIST,RIDA LARI.
ARAB NEWS.RAMESH G JETHWANI, BANGALORE.15TH SEP 2013-LE.

Rida Lari who passed away on Sept.13 was undoubtedly doyen of Arab journalism. He was a kind and caring human being, a generous host and an extremely loyal friend who always stood by and defended interests of all those people who worked with him. He always upheld... Read More

JOURNALIST PAR EXCELLENCE,(RIDA LARI)
ARAB JOURNALIST,RIDA LARI.
ARAB NEWS.RAMESH G JETHWANI, BANGALORE.15TH SEP 2013-LE.

Rida Lari who passed away on Sept.13 was undoubtedly doyen of Arab journalism. He was a kind and caring human being, a generous host and an extremely loyal friend who always stood by and defended interests of all those people who worked with him. He always upheld the finest standards of journalism. Integrity and objectivity were his hallmarks. Lari was a towering personality and he always succeeded in capturing the audience whenever he got a chance to speak at any platform. His oratory skills were unparalleled. Lari was an extraordinarily talented and versatile journalist.

He will always be remembered as a towering figure in the world of Arab journalism. Vetarn journalist has left a glorious Legacy death is an immense loss to journalism and he will be greatly missed.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani ,Bangalore.

Iconic Journalist

(UK JOURNALIST AND BROADCASTER, SIR DAVID FROST) Arab news-3rd sep 2013,L.E.

The demise of the iconic and legendary UK journalist and broadcaster, Sir David Frost, is saddening news. The revered British broadcaster known for his incisive and cutting edge interviews with leading figures of his time like US President Nixon, Margaret ... Read More

Iconic Journalist
(UK JOURNALIST AND BROADCASTER, SIR DAVID FROST) Arab news-3rd sep 2013,L.E.

The demise of the iconic and legendary UK journalist and broadcaster, Sir David Frost, is saddening news. The revered British broadcaster known for his incisive and cutting edge interviews with leading figures of his time like US President Nixon, Margaret Thatcher and many others.

Frost was known as a fearless interviewer with a multi-faceted personality. He will be greatly missed.

- Ramesh G. Jethwani ,Bangalore.

Job well done

The Pioneer's special correspondent J Gopikrishnan
The Pioneer-19 Jan 2012-LE

Sir — I congratulate The Pioneer's special correspondent J Gopikrishnan for bagging the Ramnath GoenkaJournalist of the Year Award for his articles that exposed the huge 2G Spectrum scam.Last year he had won the CNN-IBN special achievement award for his articles on the subject. But he would not have been perhaps this ... Read More

Job well done
The Pioneer's special correspondent J Gopikrishnan
The Pioneer-19 Jan 2012-LE

Sir — I congratulate The Pioneer's special correspondent J Gopikrishnan for bagging the Ramnath GoenkaJournalist of the Year Award for his articles that exposed the huge 2G Spectrum scam.

Last year he had won the CNN-IBN special achievement award for his articles on the subject. But he would not have been perhaps this successful without the support of his editor Chandan Mitra. The award will encourage journalists who believe in the values of truth and ethics to also perform well, without regard for the pulls and pressures that such journalists are often subjected to from vested interests.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Subject -Tribute to legend (Ghassan Tueni)

Sir, With demise of veteran Lebanese politician, Diplomat and Press Boron Ghassan Tueni, Not only Lebanon but entire Arab world has lost a one of the biggest champion and defender of freedom of Press,Ghassan Tueni headed the Arabic-language An-Nahar newspaper... Read More

Subject -Tribute to legend (Ghassan Tueni)

Sir, With demise of veteran Lebanese politician, Diplomat and Press Boron Ghassan Tueni, Not only Lebanon but entire Arab world has lost a one of the biggest champion and defender of freedom of Press,Ghassan Tueni headed the Arabic-language An-Nahar newspaper which was founded by his father in 1933 and is a very popular in Arab World.he was often referred as the "dean of Lebanese journalism." he was a legendary figure in Lebanon and a staunch defender of freedom.”

He was a very outspoken and fearless journalists whose editorials were published in front Page of Al Nahar on every Monday which were keenly awaited by its dedicated Readers not only in Lebanon and across Arab world and sometimes his columns landed him in jail.he wrote many books that included one on Lebanese civil war.

He will always be remembered for Known for his sharp intellect, elegance and wit, , he became a deputy at the Lebanese parliament at the tender age of 25 and subsequently held several cabinet posts in governments. He also held the post Lebanon's ambassador to the United Nations between 1977 and 1982, at the height of the country's civil war.

He was fierce defender of soverginity of Lebanon and was always outspoken critic of Syrian Involvement in Lebanon, In 1978 he was instrumental for pushing for the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 425, which called for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon.

Ghassan Tueni's personel life was marked by a series of tragedies, he lost his first wife Nadia Hamade ,a famous Lebensese poet after struggling with cancer, so as his seven year daughter Nayala , also he lost his son Mukram in car accidents, But inspite of all these personel tragedies he always said life has to go on inspite of all these tragedies.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Media is being terrorised in Pakistan

The worsening security scenario in Pakistan due to terrorist violence which has engulfed the country for last few years has not even left the media immune to its consequences. Journalists are now beginning to feel the heat of violence engineered by both state and non-state actors while performing their duty. And this grim situation is likely to get worse in the near future. The murder of a ... Read More

Media is being terrorised in Pakistan

The worsening security scenario in Pakistan due to terrorist violence which has engulfed the country for last few years has not even left the media immune to its consequences. Journalists are now beginning to feel the heat of violence engineered by both state and non-state actors while performing their duty. And this grim situation is likely to get worse in the near future. The murder of a prominent Pakistani journalist, Saleem Shahzad, who was the Pakistan bureau chief of Asia Times Online, should be condemned by one and all. His reporting mostly focussed on terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda. Some days ago he had expressed the fear of being killed after the ISI threatened him for his outspoken reportage on terrorism and security related issues that left the Pakistani establishment fuming.

Neither the Pakistani establishment nor that country's radicalised society wishes to be told the truth by unbiased journalists. Therefore, the few journalists who are still willing to stick tell the truth are being attacked. This is likely to get worse with each passing day. Ironically, they face a threat from the terrorist organisations as well as the establishment, especially sections of it like the ISI. What has happened with Shahzad is actually a message for his colleagues.

The international community cannot stand by and continue to ignore what is happening in Pakistan. The world must put pressure on the Government of Pakistan to crack down on those elements in the establishment who are making common cause with the terrorists and are emulating their ways and means to terrorise both society and individuals. It is unfortunate that not even a single arrest has been made after Shahzad's murder. It remains to be seen how the authorities deal with this crime.

But irrespective of what they do, the Pakistani media must not surrender its liberty to those who preach and practice violence. Journalists who still believe in freedom of the Press must continue to report fearlessly and put the Government in the dock for its failures.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Tribute to fearless journalist ( Jyotimroy Dey )

Killing of Journalists
Arab News-13 June 2011,L.E.

The brutal killing of veteran investigative journalist Jyotimroy Dey in broad daylight in India's financial capital of Mumbai is deeply shocking and should cause grave concern.It is a great loss to the nation as whole as he was as one of the finest crime reporters... Read More

Tribute to fearless journalist ( Jyotimroy Dey )
Killing of Journalists
Arab News-13 June 2011,L.E.

The brutal killing of veteran investigative journalist Jyotimroy Dey in broad daylight in India's financial capital of Mumbai is deeply shocking and should cause grave concern.It is a great loss to the nation as whole as he was as one of the finest crime reporters in our country and extensively exposed fearlessly the murky world of crimes. Dey's death proves that Mumbai is still in the stranglehold of a mafia that can strike at will.

The government must give this issue the seriousness it deserves and work toward making the atmosphere safe for journalists to work without fearing for their lives.

Media persons' ability to work in an environment free from intimidation has to be ensured. Otherwise even the brave-hearted scribes may not venture into crime reporting.

Perpetrators of this crime must not go unpunished. The Mumbai police which have earned many laurels in solving sensitive crimes should put all their energies for bringing not only the foot soldiers who carried out this diabolic murder but also those behind this heinous crime to justice.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Tribute to a fearless journalist (Anthony Shadid)

Arab News-21st Feb 2012-LE

This is my tribute to the fraternity of journalists who work under all odds and in most hostile atmosphere to keep their readers informed about latest happenings in the world.In the morning when we read newspapers we get to know events unfolding across the globe, but little... Read More

Tribute to a fearless journalist (Anthony Shadid)
Arab News-21st Feb 2012-LE

This is my tribute to the fraternity of journalists who work under all odds and in most hostile atmosphere to keep their readers informed about latest happenings in the world. In the morning when we read newspapers we get to know events unfolding across the globe, but little do we realize how much trouble journalists take to bring to us the news from across the world. These people go to war zones leaving their families behind. I agree with Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg when he says Anthony Shadid was a beautiful soul. "Anthony Shadid, war reporter and beautiful soul passes away." (Feb. 19)

The sudden death of the New York Times correspondent is indeed sad and shocking. He strove hard to capture stories from the Middle East. His dispatches from Baghdad under "shock and awe" bombing and from Libya wracked by civil war were examples of outstanding journalism. Shadid won Pulitzer Award twice in 2004 and 2010. Though he didn't die of any war injury but a natural death, his passing away has definitely left a vacuum.

He was in Syria reporting on the regime's repression on its own people when he died of asthma. While conferring the award for his reporting on Iraq, Pulitzer Board praised his extra ability to capture at his personnel risk the voices and emotions of Iraqi people enveloped in civil war when Iraq was invaded and the leadership was toppled leading to civil strife.

Shadid was known for coverage of stories of those whose lives were disrupted by war in the Middle East. He had worked for The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Associated Press, etc. He was one of the best war correspondents of our time. His death is a great loss to journalism.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

TURMOIL IN PAK (Killing of Journalist)

Deccan Chronicle 3 June 2011-L.E

It is appalling that the escalating violence in the neighboring country has been taking a toll on media persons besides the common man (ISI behind journo death?, June 1). The brutal murder of prominent journalist and bureau chief of Asia Times Online, Syed Saleem Shahzad, should be condemned by the international community which... Read More

TURMOIL IN PAK (Killing of Journalist)
Deccan Chronicle 3 June 2011-L.E

It is appalling that the escalating violence in the neighboring country has been taking a toll on media persons besides the common man (ISI behind journo death?, June 1).

The brutal murder of prominent journalist and bureau chief of Asia Times Online, Syed Saleem Shahzad, should be condemned by the international community which should demand an apology from Pakistan for the incident.

It is now clear that the ISI, which literally dictates terms in that nation, is engaged in a covert effort to silence all voices being raised against the state and its authoritarian moves. It is indeed a shame to call Pakistan a democracy.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.
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