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Q. Cho Ramaswamy: Discuss the contributions of recently died journalist, satirist Cho Ramaswamy.
Dec 08, 2016 Related to : GS Paper- 1 and 2

Ans :

Introduction-

Cho Ramaswamy, a senior journalist, political analyst and actor, died recently in Chennai hospital. He was 82 years old. 

About Cho Ramaswamy-

Cho Ramaswamy was a lawyer, writer, dramatist, comedian, journalist and commentator, but will chiefly be remembered as a playwright for his 1968 satire Muhammad bin Tughlaq, and as the editor of Thuglak magazine for his refusal to be cowed down by the Emergency. Cho Ramaswamy was nominated member to the Rajyasabha for the period from 1999 to 2005.

His contributions-

  • Cho Ramaswamy was a fearless critic and made impartial assessment of political issues. As a founder of Thughlak magazine, he took up various issues of public importance. 
  • Cho Ramaswamy through magazine Thughlak, the people of Tamil Nadu on all national and social issues and was a role model for all budding journalists.
  • Ramaswamy was a strong critic of the Emergency and a spirited lampooner of authority. He raised voice against emergency through Tughlak magazine and shaped the thinking of the middle class for many years.
  • Ramaswamy utilised his numerous political friendships to bring together parties and leaders and sought to influence major developments. He was a multi-faceted personality and was an opinion maker in Tamil Nadu politics. 
  • He directed several movies and was a popular stage actor. From 1963 to 2005 he acted in about 180 Tamil films and directed 5 films.He also wrote and directed 20 plays. He also wrote and acted in 27 Television serials. He also wrote 10 books.

Conclusion-

Cho Ramaswamy was a brilliant political commentator, a renowned theatre personality, script writer, eminent lawyer and the editor of Thuglak magazine. He was greatly admired by many national political leaders. His inimitable humour, withering sarcasm and vigorous espousal of democracy against authoritarian intervention will remain in memory.

 


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