Senior journalist and political analyst Krishna Rao passes away in Hyderabad at 64

Known as Babai to all those who loved him, Krishna Rao had a remarkable career in journalism, spanning over 47 years.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Aug 17, 2023 | 3:25 PMUpdatedAug 17, 2023 | 4:06 PM

Ch VM Krishna Rao

Senior journalist and political analyst Ch VM Krishna Rao passed away on Thursday, 17 August, leaving a rich legacy for aspiring journalists to own and excel.

He was 64 and is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

His death, announced by his family in the afternoon, came as a numbing shock to the entire journalist community in the Telugu states. He breathed his last after fighting debilitating cancer for over a year.

Krishna Rao, known as Babai to all those who loved him, had a remarkable career in journalism, spanning over 47 years. Though he was equally good in all areas of journalism, his forte always was politics and irrigation.

With a photographic memory, he used to substantiate his arguments with statistics and incidents either while filing stories or analysing issues on TV news channels.

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A distinguished career

He worked for several English and Telugu newspapers including Eenadu, Andhra Prabha, Andhra Bhoomi, Deccan Chronicle, and retired as the resident editor of The New Indian Express, Telangana, in April 2022, ending his more than four-and-a-half-decade long journey in journalism. He began his career in journalism as a stringer in 1975.

His longest and most impactful role was when he worked as the chief of the news bureau for Deccan Chronicle, where he served for over 18 years. He was a doyen of English and Telugu journalism and a role model for many aspiring journalists.

A stickler for accuracy, he never compromised on the fundamental principle of journalism — reporting truth and nothing but truth.

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In a condolence message, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao described Krishna Rao’s death as a loss to the field of journalism. He expressed his heart-felt sympathy to Rao’s family members.

He recalled Krishna Rao’s incisive analyses of contemporary issues which, he said, were in the interest of the people. He described Krishna Rao as man with progressive ideas.

In another message, Finance Minister T Harish Rao expressed shock over Krishna Rao’s death, and said he left an indelible mark on the field of journalism. He expressed deep condolences to his family members.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the passing away of Krishna Rao who rose from humble beginnings to high levels in Telugu and English journalism.

The chief minister conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members.