B.G. Verghese (1927-2014) is one of India’s best-known and most respected journalists. He was also a visiting fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, a columnist and an author.
Born in Maymyo, Burma (now Myanmar), Verghese studied at the Doon School, read economics at St Stephen’s College, and at Cambridge. He was with The Times of India until 1966, and was later the editor of The Indian Express (1982-1986).
At various points in his distinguished career, B.G. Verghese was also information adviser to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; information consultant to the defence minister in 2001; a member of the National Security Advisory Board; and a member of the Kargil Review Committee. For his commendable work, Verghese was a recipient of the Magsaysay Award in 1975 and Assam’s Sankaradeva Award in 2005. He passed away on 30 December 2014.