New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of senior journalist BG Verghese, describing him an insightful thinker.
In his condolence message on microblogging website Twitter, Modi wrote - “In Shri BG Verghese, we lost an accomplished writer & an insightful thinker. May his soul rest in peace.”
In Shri BG Verghese, we lost an accomplished writer & an insightful thinker. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 30, 2014
Verghese, an acclaimed editor, respected columnist and a leading intellectual, died this evening at his son's home in nearby Gurgaon. He was 87. Born on June 21, 1927, Verghese did his schooling at the Doon School. He had graduated in Economics from the St Stephen's College, Delhi and did his Master's degree from Trinity College, Cambridge.
He was also information adviser to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1966 to 1969 but was critical of her for imposing the Emergency in 1975.
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 North East, Fourth Estate (2005) and his autobiography First Draft: Witness to Making of Modern India.
Post Haste: Quintessential India, which delves on India's ancient heritage and its diverse people, was his last book that was released early this year. Verghese was also working on a number of books which remained unfinished.
(With Agency inputs)