G Sekharan Nair | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran journalist and former Mathrubhumi bureau chief G Sekharan Nair passed away here at 11 am on Saturday. He was 75. He had been undergoing treatment for heart-related ailments for the past two weeks at a private hospital. Funeral will be held later.
Sekharan Nair, who joined Mathrubhumi in 1980, has served as the bureau chief in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Alappuzha and as chief sub editor in Kozhikode.
Nair has bagged three state awards for excellence in investigative journalism. The controversy which erupted over his series on the state’s health department had resulted in the resignation of then Health Minister R Ramachandran Nair from K Karunakaran cabinet in 1985.
He was also a member of the journalist team, who were sent along with then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to attend the SAARC summit in Colombo in 1999.
He is also credited with the reporting of the assassination of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993.
He also took part in the 58th General Assembly of the International Press Agency along with then Mathrubhumi Managing Editor MP Veerendra Kumar.
Sekharan Nair has been honoured with around 30 awards, including K Vijayaraghavan Award, Malabar Chamber of Commerce Award, VK Krishna Menon Memorial Committee Award, Sharjah Malayali Association Award among others.
He is also the author of two books namely, ‘Padmatheerthakkarayil’ and ‘Mazha Kondu Mathram Mulaikkatha Vithukal’.
He is survived by wife Dr P Radhamani Amma (retired teacher) and children Deepa Sekhar (Hindustan Latex, Akkulam) and Dileep Sekhar (Kannur Airport).