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A Tribute to G Kasturi – Longest-serving Editor of “The Hindu”

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TNI Bureau: G Kasturi, who was the longest-serving Editor of the 134-year-old English daily “The Hindu”, passed away early on Friday. Media community expressed grief on the demise of the personality, who had played a key role in the expansion and modernisation of the newspaper.

Kasturi breathed his last at around 2 am at his residence in Chennai following heart failure. He is survived by his wife Kamala, sons K Balaji and K Venugopal and daughter Laxmi Srinath.

Seems like, the 87-year-old Kasturi¬† was alive to see the 134th anniversary of “The Hindu”, as the report of his demise was aired just hours after the ceremony. His demise is a loss for the media and entire news community.

Described as a visionary and an iconic figure, he had the passion for photography. He was a complete professional and modest to all. He takes the credit for introducing a full-page facsimile transmission system for printing in the country in 1969, and computer-aided photocomposing in 1980.

The English Daily was his entire life as he was associated with the paper since its rapid expansion and modernisation. He was the Editor of the Hindu from September 1965 to January 1991.

He had brought a lot of changes in the paper more than 25 years for which he will be remembered forever.

Born on December 17, 1924, to Kasturi Gopalan, Kasturi was graduated in Madras (now known as Chennai). After pursuing his master degree from Madras University, he had joined The Hindu at very young age in 1944. He was designated as Joint Editor in 1959.

Kasturi was also associated with India’s leading news agency PTI and he was in the board of directors till 1990. He was the former managing director of Kasturi & Sons Limited.

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