HYDERABAD: Mohammad Vazeeruddin (77), a senior and distinguished journalist, passed away here in the early hours of Tuesday. He has been unwell for a couple of months. Vazeeruddin had taken retirement recently from The Hans India as an Associate Editor.
Born at Eluru in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Vazeeruddin did his MA in English from Madras Christian College and joined Indian Express as a Sub-Editor in 1962. He worked as a reporter-cum-columnist for the same newspaper from Hyderabad till 1967 when he joined The Times of India at Ahmedabad as a senior sub-editor. He shifted to The Mail as the Assistant Editor in 1969.
It was in Chandigarh with The Tribune he stayed put for 16 years enjoying an excellent working relationship with its Editor Prem Bhatia. After retiring from The Tribune as the Associate Editor, he came back to Hyderabad to join The Andhra Pradesh Times in 1996.
A prolific writer in English, Vazeeruddin wrote thousands of editorials and opinion pieces in his long and illustrious career. He was a contributing editor for Arab News, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and British environmental magazine ‘Resurgence’.
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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao condoled the death of Vazeeruddin. Rao described him as a senior and highly accomplished journalist. In a condolence message, KCR said in his journalistic career of more than five decades, Vazeeruddin worked for several newspapers and impressed readers with his valuable contribution.