In January of this year I blogged the great news of my fellow Stephanian and my cousin being awarded the Padma Shree. I am now able to give you the exclusive pictures of the event as they were sent to me directly by Mammen.
The President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, conferred on Mammen Mathew (Kandathil, Stephanian, commonly known to all of us as Rajen) the PADMA SHREE Award.
from President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
This important news was announced on Republic Day at New Delhi.
Mammen studied journalism on the job at Bristol in Wales and then in the USA. In 2002 he received the rare honour of being appointed as a Reuters Trustee, the first Indian to be appointed to this position. He has been the Chairman of the Indian Section of the Commonwealth Press Union, President of the Indian Newspaper Society, and the Editors Guild of India, and has also been on the Press Council of India.
Today, he is the guiding spirit of the Malayala Manorama Newspapers Group, India's most outstanding newspaper and magazine publishing centre, founded by our greatgranduncle, Kandathil Varghese Mappillai, given shape by our grandfather K. C. Mammen Mappillai and then guided in turn by the late K. M. Cherian and then K. M. Mathew, till Rajen took the helm.
who was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in the mid-nineties
Mammen's daughter-in-law, Miriam (Anu) Mathew (née Paul), is also a Stephanian. She was a leading executive in a US bank till she returned to India to take the helm of Manorama Online. Her husband Jayant, is also in the newspaper business.
son (Jayant) behind him, father (K. M. Mathew) on his right,
and Stephanian daughter-in-law (Miriam) on the far right
The other Award Winners in our family:
1. The late Mr. K. M. Cherian - first awarded the Padma Shree and the later he was given the Padma Bhushan.
2. Mr. K. M. Philip (Stephanian Dr. Peter Philip's (Tubby) father) was given the Padma Shree three years ago ago.
3. Mr. K. M. Mathew (Mammen's father, and also grandfather of several Stephanians) was given the Padma Bhushan, nearly a decade ago.
4. The late Mr. K. M. Mammen Mappillai (Grandfather of several Stephanians), received the Padma Shree half a decade before he died in 2003.
Mr. K. M. Mathulla, founder of H.M.T. (Hindustan Machine Tools - India's largest producer of machine tools) and a die hard Kandathil, got a Padma Shree some 20 years ago.