Veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha member Cho Ramaswamy (82) passed away in a private hospital in Chennai. A multifaceted personality, who was also a political analyst and actor, Mr Ramaswamy had personal rapport with many politicians in the country. Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was a good friend of Mr Ramaswamy and used to seek his views.
Ramaswamy was founder editor of Thuqlaq magazine and was known as a satirist. A former BJP Rajya Sabha member, Mr Ramaswamy was ailing for some time and was in the hospital. He founded and edited the political magazine Thuglak and was fearless in criticising the ruling government in the state or at the centre.
He had acted in many movies and featured with top actors like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. He was also a play writer and a stage actor. He has directed several movies and has written screen plays.
He has written, directed and acted in over 20 Tamil plays which were performed over 5,000 times, acted in 180 movies scripted 14 movies, directed four films
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Mr Ramaswamy when he was critically ill early this year, tweeted, "Cho Ramaswamy was a multidimensional personality, towering intellectual, great nationalist & fearless voice who was respected and admired."
“Above all, Cho Ramaswamy was a dear friend. I have been to his annual readers meeting which were an unprecedented editor reader interface,” the PM tweeted, adding, “Cho Ramaswamy was insightful, frank & brilliant. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family & countless readers of Thuglak.”
Ramaswamy is survived by wife, son and a daughter.