Senior journalist and former chief editor of Janmabhumi daily P Narayanan was conferred with the prestigious Vidyaniwas Mishra National Award for Journalism by the Madhya Pradesh government. The chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, gave away the award which consists of Rs 2.51 lakh along with a citation in a function held on April 10 at his official residence in Bhopal. Narayanan also served as the Kerala correspondent of Organiser weekly for almost two decades.
Narayanji, as he is popularly known, started his social life as an RSS pracharak in 1959. He held various positions in the Sangh before being deputed to Bharatheeya Jan Sangh as its state organising secretary, a post he held till the Emergency. He took charge of starting a daily of nationalistic perceptive, Janmabhumi, and served as its general manager, special correspondent, Editor as well as Chief Editor of the daily for 20 years. After he retirement, he writes a weekly column titled Sangha Pathathiloode, chronicling the history of the Sangh in Kerala for 20 years. An anthology of his columns has recently been published. It is a best-seller.
He penned biography of K Bhaskar Rao, K Kelappan, and P Madhavan along with his well-studied work of the Hindutva politics of Kerala. He translated 40 books from both English and Hindi to Malayalam including the collected works of Guruji Golwalker, the biography of Dr Hedgewar and First War of Independence by VD Savarkar.
He had also won numerous awards, including the Raghaveeyam Puraskar, for his contribution to journalism.