Iconic media personality I. Ramamohan Rao cremated in Delhi

| Updated: May 16, 2017 01:03 IST

New Delhi [India], May 15 (ANI): The cremation of Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao, who passed away on Saturday after a brief illness, was held at Lodhi Crematorium in Delhi on Monday afternoon. The last rites were performed by Mrs. Smita Prakash, the daughter of Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao, in the presence of his son-in-law Mr. Sanjiv Prakash, members of the family, friends and well wishers. Mr. Rao had an illustrious career spanning over six decades in which he held several key positions with Government of India and the civil stream. He superannuated from the government from the top position of Principal Information Officer, Government of India, and went on to hold many advisory positions. He was, presently, Editor (Print) Asian News International (ANI). A large number of people, from various walks of life, who had known Mr. Rao, or had worked with him, came to pay homage to him. Among those present were top bureaucrats, political leaders from all parties, analysts, intellectuals and friends who had been associated with him. Earlier in the day, Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed her deepest condolences at the sad demise of Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao. Describing Mr. Rao as a wonderful human being and recalling his association with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress president said that he was somebody who understood the landscape and nuances of government communication and was widely admired by friends and colleagues alike. "The passing away of Shri I. Ramamohan Rao is a huge loss to the Indian Information Service fraternity," she added. Gandhi said the Congress Party stands in grief with the family of Mr. Rao. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family," she added. Others used the medium of Twitter to pay their homage to the departed soul and forward their messages of condolences. "Shocked to learn about the demise of Sri Ram Mohan Rao Fmr PIO, PIB . A visionary in Govt communication, huge loss for IIS service. RIP," tweeted Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Shocked to learn about the demise of Sri Ram Mohan Rao Fmr PIO, PIB . A visionary in Govt communication, huge loss for IIS service. RIP</p>&mdash; M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) <a href="https://twitter.com/MVenkaiahNaidu/status/863366239518728192">May 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "Saddened by the demise of former PIO, PIB Sri Ram Mohan Rao. Stellar communicator and a warm human being. Condolences to the family," tweeted Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saddened by the demise of former PIO, PIB Sri Ram Mohan Rao. Stellar communicator and a warm human being. Condolences to the family.</p>&mdash; Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ra_THORe/status/863400678839865345">May 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Frank Naronha, Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau, also expressed grief on the demise of Mr. Rao and tweeted, "I.Rammohan Rao, former PIO #PIB passes away. He was a legend and an inspiration to so many of us. Rest in peace, sir." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I.Rammohan Rao, former PIO <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PIB?src=hash">#PIB</a> passes away. He was a legend and an inspiration to so many of us. Rest in peace, sir.</p>&mdash; Frank Noronha (@DG_PIB) <a href="https://twitter.com/DG_PIB/status/863354255427620865">May 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "Saddened by demise of Sh.Ramamohan Rao who served as a journalist & communicator for over 60yrs & also Media Adviser to 4 fmr. PMs @ANI_news," tweeted Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saddened by demise of Sh.Ramamohan Rao who served as a journalist & communicator for over 60yrs & also Media Adviser to 4 fmr. PMs <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news">@ANI_news</a> <a href="https://t.co/80vwHYfCHS">pic.twitter.com/80vwHYfCHS</a></p>&mdash; Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) <a href="https://twitter.com/VijayGoelBJP/status/863468695615655936">May 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "Prayers and condolences to the family, friends and the @ANI_news fraternity. A great loss for Indian media," he added. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Prayers and condolences to the family, friends and the <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news">@ANI_news</a> fraternity. A great loss for Indian media. <a href="https://t.co/kcCf9kU5JT">https://t.co/kcCf9kU5JT</a></p>&mdash; Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) <a href="https://twitter.com/VijayGoelBJP/status/863470710647336961">May 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "A veteran of the Indian Information Service, Ramamohan Raoji rose to the pinnacle of his career& embodied the best values of his profession," said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A veteran of the Indian Information Service, Ramamohan Raoji rose to the pinnacle of his career& embodied the best values of his profession</p>&mdash; Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) <a href="https://twitter.com/OfficeOfRG/status/864030304347996161">May 15, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "A former PIO to GoI, he worked with with four Prime Ministers including my father. My sincere condolences on his passing," he added. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A former PIO to GoI, he worked with with four Prime Ministers including my father. My sincere condolences on his passing</p>&mdash; Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) <a href="https://twitter.com/OfficeOfRG/status/864031206035177472">May 15, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Mr. Rao joined the Press Information Bureau (PIB) in 1956. A large part of his career was with the Defence Public Relations Organisation (DPRO) wherein, he was totally involved in the Indo-China War 1962 and Indo-Pakistan Wars of 1965 and 1971. He was also closely associated with the efforts of the government to build the defence structure of the country and Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence. He was actively involved in path-breaking events like the 1982 Asiad Games, The Non-Aligned Summit in 1983 and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet in Delhi. He also served in the Information Division of the Research and Analysis Wing at a time when the organisation was new and finding its roots and headed the News Service Division of the All India Radio during the turbulent years, which saw the Blue Star Operation and the period after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. He was the head of the Indian Information Service for seven years before his superannuation in 1992. During this period, he had the unique distinction of being Principal Information Officer and official spokesperson to four Prime Ministers, Rajiv Gandhi, VP Singh, Chandrashekar and PV Narasimha Rao. Post superannuation Mr. Rao held many advisory positions with various state governments and institutions but after the Kargil War he dedicated his energy towards interaction and mentoring of young journalists at Asian News International (ANI).
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