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Tribute to Sunder Rajan

Published: Monday, March 27, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Last Sunday Sunder Rajan lost his gallant, eight-month long battle with cancer. He was 63 and leaves behind his wife and two sons.

With The Mail, Madras, Sunder took his first steps in journalism in 1956. Two years later he joined The Times of India, Bombay, and progressed to become its sports editor in 1982. He retired four years ago, after helping many of the present members attain senior positions.

Unlike most of those who come to Bombay, Sunder hit it off with this western metropolis. His youth facilitated his merging into the sporting scene, and quickly finding his niche in sports writing.

One sport that helped was table tennis, which he played at the club level. As an insider', he was more than aware of the politics riddling the sport and the power and influence that T D Ranga Ramanujam wielded, much of which Sunder found was not for the good. Sunder, did not restrict himself to one sport, and wrote profusely on tennis and cricket, but it was to table tennis that he devoted most of his attention in the sixties when Bombay was the Mecca of the game. At ease in company, he could garner information, not readily revealed. He did not use it to malign anyone; rather he sought to make things better for the game, players and officials. This made him welcome everywhere.

In his years with The Times of India he covered major events. These included cricket tours to Sri Lanka, England and the United Arab Emirates; the Wimbledon tennis championships; the world and national championships in table tennis; the Davis Cup and the nationals in tennis; and Tests and Ranji Trophy and Deodhar Trophy matches in India. He will be missed by the sports journalists' fraternity and his readers alike.

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