Thiruvananthapuram: E Somanath, a veteran Malayalam journalist who carved a name for himself as a sharp political analyst, witty assembly reporter, and compassionate environmental writer, died on Friday in Thiruvananthapuram. He was 58 years old at the time.
In 2021, Somanath left Malayala Manorama as Senior Special Correspondent. During his 34-year career with the newspaper, he worked at the Kottayam, Idukki, Kannur, Kollam, New Delhi, and Thiruvananthapuram bureaus.
Somanath had been covering the events in Kerala's legislature for 30 years, and his analytical essays dubbed "Naduthalam" were notable for their acute observation and humor. His dedication to keeping a tight eye on the assembly was demonstrated by the fact that he has only missed five days of House proceedings reporting. Kerala Assembly Speaker M B Rajesh and legislators honored him for his contributions prior to his retirement from Malayala Manorama.
Somanth was from the Malappuram district's Vallikkunnu. His wife Radha, daughter Devaki, and son-in-law Midhun survive him.
Condolences have begun to come in from all corners in honor of "Soman," as he was affectionately known.