Veteran journalist R. Chandrachudan, who served as the manager of the Delhi branch of The Hindu from 1960 to 1977, passed away here on Monday, a day before his 96th birthday.
Family sources said he had been ailing for sometime and the end came in the afternoon.
Born on December 15 in Mayavaram (now Mayiladuthurai), Mr. Chandrachudan began his professional journey 70 years ago when he first arrived here in 1939 to join the Associated Press of America. He made the city his home for the rest of his life.
Mr. Chandrachudan then went on to work for Reuters in 1940 before joining The Statesman in 1944. He also had a relatively long stint with the Hindustan Times from 1945 to 1960 after which he joined The Hindu.
According to his nephew, he was a true Gandhian and very close to the Father of the Nation.
Apart from being with Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram, he also used to be the personal aide of Mahatma Gandhi during his trips to Chennai.