‘KN’, a long-standing News Editor of ‘The Hindu’, and his successor ‘GD’ both pass away on the same day. And the encomiums are a reminder of journalism as it once was.

K. Narayanan, the former news editor and later readers’ editor of The Hindu, has passed on, at age 88. And so has the man who succeeded him at the post: Gomatam Dwarakanath, at age 86.

Both on the same day, 29 September 2020.

The Narayanan obit highlights his penchant for hard work, integrity, wide knowledge, efficiency, quick thinking.

The Dwarakanath obit notes that he was loyal, professional, humane, humourous—and rarely took leave.

The paper has a double-barrel display (above) on the inside pages, but a real gem is on the letters pages (below), where former ad manager V.Kalidas recounts how Mr Narayanan secured the racing results on a day sports correspondents were on strike.


On Twitter, N. Ram, the former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, called Mr Narayanan and iconic journalist and a much-loved mentor.


Nirupama Subramanian, the paper’s former foreign correspondent, has an excellent thread on working with the duo.


Also read: A quiet exemplar

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