Boobli George Verghese aka BG Verghese, a senior veteran journalist and former editor of Hindustan Times passed away on Dec 30, 2014. He was 87.
It has been reported that a month ago he was diagnosed with dengue and was said to be suffering from low-grade fever and weakness.
Verghese was Information Adviser to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1966 to 69. Later he joined Hindustan Times as Editor from 1969 to 1975. He has also served as Information Consultant to the Defence Minister in 2002, and was also a member of the Editors Guild of India Fact Finding Mission to Gujarat in the same year.
He has also been the member of the Kargil Review Committee and co-author of the Kargil Review Committee Report tabled in Parliament, and served on several Boards of Committees; recently, he was also the Chairman of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Delhi, and a distinguished fellow of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad.
With a keen interest in development and social transformation reporting, Verghese authored several books like Waters of Hope and Winning the Future. He also wrote his autobiography First Draft: Witness to the Making of Modern India.
He has won several acclaims and to name a few recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1975, Assam’s Sankaradeva Award in 2005 and the Upendra Nath Brahma Soldier of Humanity Award in July 2013.
Verghese was born on June 21, 1927. He did his schooling at Doon School, Dehra Dun, India and pursued Economics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and Trinity College, Cambridge. He started his career in journalism with the Times of India before serving as the Editor of Hindustan Times (1969-75) and Indian Express (1982-86). He is survived by his wife Jamila and sons Rahul and Vijay.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Tuesday on Verghese’s condolence saying, “In Shri BG Verghese, we lost an accomplished writer & an insightful thinker. May his soul rest in peace.”