Senior journalist, political analyst Cho Ramaswamy passes away

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the leaders to offer condolences on his demise through a series of posts on Twitter.

Senior journalist, political analyst Cho Ramaswamy passes away

Veteran journalist, political satirist and founder editor of Thuglak magazine Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy aka Cho Ramaswamy, 82, passed  away in Chennai on Wednesday.

He was hospitalised for treating joint pains early this month, and since then he had been in and out of hospital due to continuing health issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the leaders to offer condolences on his demise through a series of posts on Twitter.


He wrote: “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.”

“Cho Ramaswamy was insightful, frank & brilliant. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family & countless readers of Thuglak."

The Prime Minister even shared a video of Cho's speech where he introduced Modi as 'Merchant of Death'.

Cho was born in Mylapore, Chennai, in 1934. After completing high school education, he joined Loyola College in Chennai to pursue graduation.

He had completed BSc from Loyola and continued education in Chennai Law College from where he received BL degree.

He got interested in acting after watching a drama at the age of 20.

He acted in a drama named Kalyani. In another drama Thenmozhiyal, his character name was Cho, which became his name until death.

In 1970, Cho launched a political satire magazine named Tuglak. Cho known for his sharp and witty viewpoints was considered as an unbiased political analyst who would criticise left and right political parties impartially. Ramaswamy had personal rapport with many politicians in the country. He was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the then President KR Narayanan. He served as a Rajya Sabha member from November 1999 to November 2005. Cho was also active in television journalism.

He wrote and directed many dramas. Judgment Reserved, Mohammed Bin Tuglak, Saraswathy Sapatham were his well acclaimed dramas. He formed a drama theatre named Viveka Fine Arts Club in 1954. Later, he entered into the world of cinema as a comedian. His debut movie was
Paar Magale Paar
. He acted in nearly 190 movies in Tamil. He kept close relationship with MGR, Nagesh, Jayalalithaa, RS Manohar, SA Asokan et al.

Ironically, he passed away just a day after his close associate J Jayslalithaa. Their careers began roughly at the same time, and they acted in some films together. Cho was seen as an advisor to Jayalalithaa, though neither of them thought so, preferring instead to characterise their proximity as just as a long-standing friendship. It is a strange conjunction of destiny that he died in the same hospital as her within a day and a half of her death.