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Thousands attend last rites of K M Mathew

K.M.Mathew, the chief editor of Malayala Manorama with the President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam 2002

KOTTAYAM : The last rites of Malayala Manorama chief editor K M Mathew were held here Monday with life coming to a standstill in the city and thousands of people including politicians, religious leaders and filmstars turning up to pay him their last respects.

The 93-year-old media mogul, popularly known as Mathukuttychayan, died on Sunday.

As the body was taken from his home in the afternoon and was kept at his office, Kottayam came to a standstill, with shopkeepers downing shutters as a mark of respect to Mathew, who was universally respected. Various central and state government ministers, religious heads, social leaders and superstars like Mammootty and Mohanlal came to pay their last respects.

Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes laid a wreath on behalf of party chief Sonia Gandhi.

At the church, more than two dozen bishops led the funeral ceremony and many people were seeing wiping their tears when the coffin was lowered into the grave.

Mathew became the managing editor of Malayala Manorama in 1954 and became the chief editor after his brother passed away in 1973.

During his long journalistic career, he served as the chairman of the Press Trust of India, president of the Indian Newspaper Society and the chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulation besides holding numerous other positions. He was also a member of the Press Council of India, wage boards for working journalists and non-journalists and Central Press Advisory Committee. Mathew was doyen of Indian media, says Gadkari

Expressing shock at the demise of K M Mathew on Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari described him a doyen of Indian media and a visionary among journalists in New Delhi.

In a message, Gadkari said that Mathew’s death was an irreparable loss to the country.

“Shri Mathew was a great visionary among journalists. He was a pioneer in developing the language media in our country. His service to the society will always be remembered,” Gadkari said.

He said Mathew always promoted social issues.

The BJP president also expressed his condolences to the bereaved family. Mathew was a pioneer in language media: Soni

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Sunday condoled the demise of K M Mathew, chief editor of Malayala
Manorama, saying that he was was a pioneer in the development of language media in the country.

In her message, Soni said Mathew was a visionary who pursued social issues, specially those concerning people in the field of literacy. She conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

IANS report sent in by Liju Cherian