M V Kamath
M. V. Kamath, eminent writer, columnist and journalist, is the author of over 45 books. Born in 1921, he started his career in journalism in 1946. He was the correspondent at the United Nations for the Press Trust of India, and in Bonn, Paris and Washington for The Times of India. He was also editor of Free Press Journal, and later of The Illustrated Weekly of India. A prolific writer, Mr. Kamath is the author of numerous biographies and books, which include The Pursuit of Excellence, B. G. Kher: The Gentleman Premier, Sai Baba of Shirdi: A Unique Saint Nani A. Palkhivala: A life and Narendra Modi: The Architect of a Modern State. In 2004, Mr. Kamath was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. He has been given a D.Lit. (Honris Causa) by Mangalore University in 2007. He has been chairman of Vigyan Prasar, a science organisation, and was responsible for the circulation of a 19-coach Vigyan Rail throughout the country over a period of ten months. He was chairman of Prasar Bharathi, and is currently the director of the Manipal Institute of Communications. He lives in Manipal, Karnataka.