KM Mathew, Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama, passed away in Kottayam on August 1, 2010. He was 93. Mathew is survived by sons Mammen Mathew, Editor, Malayala Manorama; Philip Mathew, Managing Editor; and Jacob Mathew, Executive Editor. His daughter Thangam is married to CP Mammen, Managing Director of Cochin Computers.
Mathew’s body would be taken to the Malayala Manorama headquarters on Monday, August 2, 2010, at 1 pm for the public to pay homage. The funeral will take place at 4 pm at the Puthenpalli cemetery on the same day.
Mathew, former Chairman of Press Trust of India, had played a key role in making Malayala Manorama one of the major Indian language dailies after he took over the reins of the media house a few decades ago.
Born on January 2, 1917, Mathew had joined the organisation as Managing Editor in 1954 and became Chief Editor in 1973. He launched many publications such as women’s magazine ‘Vanitha’ in Malayalam and English, the English magazine ‘The Week’, farmer’s magazine ‘Karshakasree’, children’s magazines ‘Balarama Amar Chitra Katha’ and ‘Kalikudukka’ in Malayalam and ‘Magic Pot’ in English and the encyclopedic ‘Manorama Year Book’ in Malayalam, English, Hindi Tamil and Bengali.
In 1988, he received the Padma Bhushan. Mathew has received several other awards, including Foundation of Freedom of Information Award (1991), National Citizen’s Award (1992), Ramakrishna Jay Dayal Award (1995), Durga Prasad Chaudhary Award (1996), and BD Goenka Award (1996).
President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and Kerala Governor RS Gavai have condoled Mathew’s demise.
The Editors Guild of India on Sunday condoled Mathew’s death, saying he had spearheaded a media revolution. “As Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama group, KM Mathew set new benchmarks in language journalism, and spearheaded a media revolution,” Editors Guild President Rajdeep Sardesai said.