City’s veteran journalist Rajashekar Koti no more

Mysuru, November 23:- Veteran journalist and editor of ‘Andolana’ Kannada newspaper, Rajashekar Koti died following a massive heart attack on Thursday. He was 71.

The sudden demise of Koti came as a shock to the media fraternity in Mysuru, Mandya, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts. Better known as Koti among the media friends, the veteran journalist passed away while he was returning to Mysuru from Bengaluru. Koti had reportedly been Bengaluru to attend a programme on Wednesday. In the wee hours today he breathed his last while on his way to Mysuru.

The mortal remains of Koti were brought in an ambulance from Bengaluru to his residence on Ramanuja Road here at 8:30 am on Thursday. Koti leaves behind his wife, a son and two daughters.

Journalists and media houses condoled the demise of the veteran journalist.

A popular journalist in the Mysuru region, Koti was a native of Huyilagola village in Gadag district. He had earlier worked as sub-editor in ‘Prapancha’ and ‘Vishwavani’ newspapers. In 1972, he launched the ‘Andolana,’ a Kannada morning daily.

Koti was known to uphold secularism and socialism through his unbiased writings. His column ‘Iddaddu Idhange’ was very popular among readers in Mysuru region.

Koti, who was a member of the Karnataka Madhyama Academy, had served as the president of the Mysore District Journalists’ Association for two terms and was a recipient of many awards, including Karnataka Media Academy Award, H K Veerannagowda journalism award, Sathyakama award, Rotary supreme award, TSR award, International Aryabhata award and many others.

A few months back, Samaana Manaskara Geleyara Balaga had organised a programme to felicitate Koti on his 70th birthday. Noted journalists from various media houses and newspapers took part in the programme.

CM condoles death

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, a close friend of Koti, has expressed shock over the sudden death of the journalist.

According to Chief Minister’s secretariat sources, Siddaramaiah, who is busy at the winter session of Karnataka Assembly in Belagavi, may attend the funeral which will be held today.

-(KK, MR)

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