Receives an album containing commemorative stamp

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday paid rich tributes to K.M. Mathew, Malayala Manorama's iconic Chief Editor, and described him as an Indian legend.

At his Parliament House office, Dr. Singh received an album containing commemorative stamp on Mathew, issued by the Department of Posts, from Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal.

Recalling his association with the veteran editor, the Prime Minister said Mathew would be remembered for the legacy which he had left for people to follow. The album also contained the first day cover, honouring Mathew, which was released throughout the country on Monday, day of his first death anniversary.

Mr. Sibal said that Mathew was a true nationalist, who promoted great values through his newspaper and worked hard for national integration and communal harmony.

Rajya Sabha member and former Union Minister P.J. Kurien who had urged the government to issue a stamp honouring Mathew, said Mathew was a source of inspiration for many people and everyone who met him was touched by his nobility and wisdom.

Malayala Manorama's present Chief Editor Mammen Mathew, who is the eldest son of K.M. Mathew, and Thangam Mammen, only daughter of K.M. Mathew, thanked the Prime Minister for honouring the legend of Indian journalism. Prime Minister's Media Adviser Harish Khare and Malayala Manorama's New Delhi Resident Editor K.S. Sachidananda Murthy were present.

The stamp, priced at Rs.5, is available at all major post offices across the country.

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