Senior journalist and Indian Express national bureau chief Ravish Tiwari died this Saturday morning. He was 40 and was suffering from cancer since June 2020.
Tiwari, who was also serving as national political editor for Indian Express, headed a team of journalists which reported on matters related to diplomacy, foreign affairs, strategic affairs, national security, health, education, state as well as national elections, infrastructure, the Prime Minister’s office, and environment, among others. He had also widely reported on rural environment, agriculture, politics as well as the current elections in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) before he lost his two-year-long battle to cancer on 19 February.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi condoled Tiwari’s untimely demise through a tweet, “Destiny has taken away Ravish Tiwari too soon. A bright career in the media world comes to an end. I would enjoy reading his reports and would also periodically interact with him. He was insightful and humble. Condolences to his family and many friends. Om Shanti.”
President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Minister of Home Affair Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, and many other political leaders and as well as Press Club of India and several members of the media fraternity expressed their condolences to the bereaved family on Tiwari’s premature demise.
Tiwari grew up in the Deoria district in eastern Uttar Pradesh and was known for his passion for political journalism. An Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, alumnus, he was one of the six from the 2005-06 batch of Rhodes Scholars who pursued social justice in education at Oxford University, which turned the tide of his career.
With an inherent flair for reporting and shrewd commentary, his was a distinctive voice in the Indian political reporting sphere. Besides his extensive journalistic career with the Indian Express, he also had short stints with India Today and the Economic Times during his early days.
The fountainhead of knowledge and always a source of inspiration, Tiwari has left behind a rich harvest of memories to cherish, honor, and emulate.
Tiwari is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.