The editor-in-chief of the Statesman, Cushrow Russy Irani, died of kidney failure at the Rabindranath Tagore Institute of Cardiac Science in Kolkata on Saturday, 23rd July 2005. He was 75 and is survived by wife Threety Irani and three daughters. Family friends stated that Irani was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago and was suffering from various ailments. He was graduated from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. Irani spearheaded the growth of the Statesman in the post-Independence era. Known for his defiance during Emergency, he will be remembered as among the few journalists who stood up against the policies of the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
With the sad news of Dr. Rafiq Zakaria a few days ago, here is once again a Leader who is remembered with fond memories as we pay our respects to Cushrow Russy Irani, Editor in Chief of Statesman & Author of many thoughtful books. Our condolences to his family members. May God rest his soul in peace! - MJ Akbar
Ayodhya - Demolishing a Dream by C.R. Irani
Review by ilaxi:
Mr. C.R.Irani, the author has commented on national and international affairs with rare frankness and objectivity which has often embarrassed the high and mighty and vested interests.This volume is a collection of nearly 80 selected editorials and ‘Caveats’ written since December 6, 1992, when Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was pulled down by Kar Sewaks. The pieces cover more than a decade marked by changing positions of leaders, who remain unfazed by the contradictions in their statements. The collection begins with C.R.Irani's ‘Caveat’ in the issue of December 7, 1992, a day after the demolition, and after wending its way through the events related to Ayodhya, ends with another ‘Caveat’ in the issue of September 28, 2003,dealing with Murli Manohar Joshi’s resignation after the framing of charges against him and six others by a Rae Bareli court in the demolition case.