DEATHS - 2018 SEPTEMBER

August 4

Library scientist Prof Deshpande dies
Eminent library scientist Krishna Shripadrao Deshpande passed away at his. He was 95.
Born in Dharwad in 1923, Deshpande studied at Karnatak High School, Karnatak College and did MA in Kannada. Having a degree in BLib Science.
Recognized internationally as an expert in library science, Deshpande was instrumental in setting up and developing libraries at Karnatak University,
Gulbarga University, UAS, Bengaluru, Mangaluru University, Bangalore University and Goa University. He has also authored several books on various topics. Deshpande had also visited USA to pursue higher studies in library science.

August 6

Veteran Congress leader RK Dhawan passes away
Former Union minister and Indira Gandhi's close confidant RK Dhawan died. He was 81.
Rajinder Kumar Dhawan was a Rajya Sabha member and a private secretary to Indira Gandhi for a long time.

August 7

'Kalaignar' M. Karunanidhi, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief, passes away aged 94
Muthuvel Karunanidhi, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, passed away. He was 94.
Mr. Karunanidhi was born in 1924, at Thirukuvalai, now in Nagapattinam district (then in the composite Tanjore district) and did his schooling in nearby Tiruvarur. His father Muthuvel was a nagaswaram player and his mother Anjugam, a housewife. Maanavanesan was his first manuscript magazine.

Former The Hindu BusinessLine journalist, Mony K. Mathew, passes away
Senior financial journalist Mony K. Mathew, who retired as senior assistant editor at The Hindu BusinessLine, died. He was 66.
Mr. Mathew started his career as a trainee journalist at The Indian Express in Mumbai in the late 1970s and later moved to Hyderabad as senior sub-editor at the Express. He used to write on culture, cinema and sports before opting for financial journalism and moving to The Financial Express at Chennai.
He was chief of bureau and later resident editor of The Financial Express, Chennai.
He joined The Hindu BusinessLine at Thiruvananthapuram in 1995s where he excelled in reporting on public-sector undertakings, public finance and State budgets. After a long innings at Thiruvananthapuram, he moved to Kozhikode and retired from BusinessLine in 2012.

August 8

Sumatheendra Nadig, a link of Navya tradition, passes away
Kannada writer, poet, critic and translator Sumatheendra R. Nadig, 83, passed away.
He was a close associate of poet Gopalakrishna Adiga, a tall figure in the modernist tradition (Navya) in Kannada literature, and was deeply influenced by him.
Mr. Nadig published 11 collections of poetry, the last one being Jade Mattu Chetana. He has to his credit nine collections of literary criticism, four collections of short stories, and eight works of children’s literature. His well-known poetry collection Dampatya Geeta has been translated into various languages, including English.
He published 10 translations from various languages, including Bengali. He had mastered Bengali as he taught at Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan, as a visiting professor and he was a Fellow at Jadhavpur University too. He also taught part-time at the Department of English, Temple University, and Philadelphia.

Ex-400m world champion Nicholas Bett dies
Former 400m hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett of Kenya died. He was 28.
Bett, who was initially inclined towards volleyball, stunned the athletics world by clinching gold in 2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing. He set a Kenyan record of 47.79 which was the fastest time in the world that year.
Earlier this year, Bett participated in the Commonwealth Games in Australia where he finished at the eighth spot in the 400m hurdles.

August 9

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle Passed away
Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died after a long battle with cancer.
Lyle was initially diagnosed as a teenager in 1999, but it resurfaced twice, most recently last year.

August 12

V.S. Naipaul, Nobel prize winning author, passes away at 85
V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose precise and lyrical writing in such novels as “A Bend in the River” and ''A House for Mr Biswas'' and brittle, misanthropic personality made him one of the world’s most admired and contentious writers, died. He was 85.
Naipaul’s work reflected his personal journey from Trinidad to London and various stops in developing countries. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 ''for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories''.
In an extraordinary career spanning half a century, Naipaul travelled as a self-described ''barefoot colonial'' from his rural childhood to upper-class England, and was hailed as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. From ''A Bend in the River'' to ''The Enigma of Arrival'' to ''Finding the Centre'', Naipaul’s books explored colonialism and decolonization, exile and the struggles of the everyman in the developing world.

August 13

Communist veteran Somnath Chatterjee passes away
Communist veteran and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away. He was 89.
A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee was a central committee member of the CPI (M), which he had joined in 1968.
He was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.
The veteran leader was, however, expelled from the CPI(M) in 2008 for refusing to resign as Speaker after his party withdrew support to the UPA-I government.

August 14

Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon dies
Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon, who was one of the founder members of the BJP’s parent organisation Jan Sangh, died. He was 90.
Mr. Tandon had assumed the office of Governor in Chhattisgarh on July 2014.
During his long political career, he served on various posts, including as deputy chief minister of Punjab.The six-time MLA was also jailed from 1975 to 1977 during Emergency.

Asian Games gold medallist Hakam Singh passes away
Asian Games gold medallist athlete Hakam Singh passed away.He was 64.
Singh won gold in 20 km race walk event during the 1978 Asiad at Bangkok. The Dhyan Chand awardee had also served as Havaldar in the 6 Sikh regiment.
Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had sanctioned financial assistance of Rs. 10 lakh to the athlete, while Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder ingh helped him with Rs. 5 lakh.

August 15

Renowned Malayalam poet Chemmanam Chacko dies
Noted Malayalam poet and Sahitya Akademi awardee Chemmanam Chacko died. Chacko, 92.
Known for his satirical works, Chacko reacted to the contemporary socio-political issues of Kerala through his poems.Chacko had taught Malayalam at schools and colleges.
Later, he worked at Kerala University and then the Publication Department.
Chacko had won several awards, including those by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Sanjayan Award, Kunjan Nambiar Kavitha puraskaram, P. Smaraka Puraskaram and Mahakavi Ulloor Award.

August 16

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister, passes away at 93
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the only non-Congress leader to have completed a full term as Prime Minister, breathed his last at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences. The 12-time Parliamentarian was 93.
Mr. Vajpayee was Prime Minister thrice in 1996, 1998-1999 and 1999-2004.
Born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior, Mr. Vajpayee was elected 10 times to the Lok Sabha from four different States, the first time in 1957 from Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh, and was twice member of the Rajya Sabha.
As one of the founding members of the Jan Sangh in 1951, Mr. Vajpayee became its president in 1968 upon the death of Deendayal Upadhyaya.
As his parliamentary career flourished, Mr. Vajpayee made a name for himself as an orator and with his poetic flourishes. His poetry was collated in his book Meri Ekyaavan Kavitayein (My 51 Poems).

Former India Test captain Ajit Wadekar passes away
Former India Test captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the country to its first win in England in 1971, passed away at 77.
Wadekar made his debut in 1966 against the West Indies and went on to represent India in 37 Tests and two one-day internationals. He was one of the few cricketers to represent the country as a Test player, captain, coach and also went on to become the chairman of selectors. Wadekar was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1972.

August 17

Aretha Franklin dies at 76 in US
Aretha Franklin, the preacher's daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" with such hit songs as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools," died at the age of 76.
Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards and had some 25 gold records.

August 18

Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of United Nation, dies at 80
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan died. He was 80.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner served as the U.N. special envoy to Syria, and was the first black African to be appointed as Secretary-General. He served two terms in the post from 1996-2006.

Former LS MP Chennupati Vidya dies of heart attack
Former member of Lok Sabha, Chennupati Vidya died.
Vidya (84) was elected to the Parliament as a Congress candidate from Vijayawada constituency in 1980 and in 1989.

August 21

Former Odisha Minister Jadunath Das Mohapatra passed away
Former Odisha Minister and eminent writer Jadunath Das Mohapatra passed away. He was 90.
Having begun his political career as a student leader, Das Mohapatra had joined Congress in early sixties and was the general secretary of Balasore District Congress Committee from 1964 to 1967.
A multi-faceted personality and three-time MLA, Das Mohapatra was a minister in the ministries of Nandini Satpathy J B Patnaik.

August 23

Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat passes away
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Gurudas Kamat died. Kamat, 63.
Mr. Kamat was removed as the Gujarat in-charge of the party in 2017 by Mr. Gandhi, who replaced him with former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. In response, he had quit from all organisational posts in the party.

Veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha MP Kuldip Nayar dies at 95
Veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha member Kuldip Nayar died in New Delhi. He was 95.Nayar also served as India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
A veteran journalist, diplomat, parliamentarian and an author, Nayar wore many hats in his decades of public life.
He was born in 1924 in Sialkot, Punjab, and moved to India after Partition.

August 25

SP leader Nand Lal Passi passes away
Former MLA and Samajwadi Party leader Nand Lal Passi passed away. He was 84.
Nand Lal was elected to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1993 as a Samajwadi Party nominee.

August 26

Former Bengal captain Gopal Bose passes away
Former Bengal cricket captain Gopal Bose died. He was 71.
An opening batsman, Bose had scored 3757 runs in 78 first-class games with eight hundreds and 17 fifties. He also took 72 wickets with his handy off-breaks including one five-wicket haul.
He was the first cricketer from Bengal to play an ODI against England in 1974, which was incidentally only the second ODI that India played.
Interestingly, Bose was the manager of the Virat Kohli-led India U-19 team that won the colts World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 2008.

Neil Simon, Broadway's master of comedy, dies at 91
Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as "The Odd Couple," "Barefoot in the Park" and his "Brighton Beach" trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91.
In the second half of the 20th century, Simon was the American theater's most successful and prolific playwrights, often chronicling middle class issues and fears.
Starting with "Come Blow Your Horn" in 1961 and continuing into the next century, he rarely stopped working on a new play or musical. His list of credits is staggering.

August 27

John McCain, influential US senator and presidential candidate, dies aged 81
John McCain prisoner of war, presidential candidate and one of the most influential American politicians of his generation, has died.
The six-term senator from Arizona, who was 81, had been absent from Washington since last December but remained outspoken to the end, railing against Donald Trump and urging defence of the post-war liberal democratic order.
McCain’s death will leave a void in a Republican party increasingly turning away from bipartisanship at home and engagement overseas in favour of the president’s brand of divisiveness and isolationism.


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