Eminent journalist BG Verghese, a former editor of Hindustan Times and Ramon Magsaysay award winner, died here after a brief illness. He was 87.
Verghese, who edited HT from 1969 to 1975, was also editor of the Indian Express from 1982 to 1986.
He was diagnosed with dengue a month ago and was suffering from low-grade fever and weakness for the last few weeks. He is survived by his wife Jamila and sons Vijay and Rahul.
“He was suffering from a variety of complications. The dengue accelerated his weakness as his bodily resistance had come down. He had a bad coughing spell on Monday and breathed his last around 6pm,” said his son Rahul. The cremation will take place on Thursday.
Verghese was also information adviser to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1966 to 1969 but was critical of her for having imposed the Emergency in 1975.
Born on June 21, 1927, Verghese did his schooling at the Doon School. He graduated in Economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi and did his Master’s from Trinity College, Cambridge.
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 Northeast, Fourth Estate and his autobiography First Draft: Witness to Making of Modern India.
His last book, Post Haste: Quintessential India — which delves on India’s ancient heritage and its diverse people — was released early this year.