K. R. Malkani

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Kewalram Ratanmal Malkani (केवल रतन मलकानी) (November 19, 1921 - October 27, 2003) was an Indian politician and historian who served as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry from 2002 till his death in 2003.[1] He was the Vice-President of the Bharatiya Janata Party from 1991 to 1994. Malkani was an author and a journalist, the only person to have been chief editor of both Organiser and Panchjanya. Born in Hyderabad, Sindh, (now in Pakistan), he had his education at Hyderabad, Pune, Karachi, Mumbai and Harvard.

Malkani was arrested during the emergency. Malkani was associated with the Bharatiya Jana Sangh since its formation and was one of the founders of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980. He was Vice-President of the Deendayal Research Institute, New Delhi from 1983 to 1990. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2000. He served as editor of many newspapers and was General Secretary of the Editors Guild of India from 1978 to 1979. He has written several articles and books including "The Midnight Knock" (1977), "The R.S.S. Story" (1980), and "The Sindh Story" (1984), his most popular book on history. His book India First (2002) is a compilation of some of his articles over the last several years. His last book, Political Mysteries, explores several major Indian political assassinations including that of Mahatma Gandhi, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, the "Kashmir Princess", "Kanishka aircraft" bombing and the Purulia arms dropping case. The book is a result of his nearly ten years of research. He died on 27 October 2003. He was the youngest brother of N. R. Malkani. He is survived by two sons Arvind and Vikram and a daughter, Sindhu.

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  • I was reviewing H.V. Seshadri's book, The Tragic Story of India's Partition, in a series.... As the proofs came one day, I found that some of the significant passages regarding Sufis were missing from the composition by the printing press. I picked up the typed copy, and saw that those passages had been crossed out with red pencil. I turned to Shri Malkani, and asked him if he had done it. He would not look me in the eyes, but muttered, "We have to live with them." I observed, "I was also trying to see that they learn to live with us." He did not reply.
    Shri Malkani was sacked soon after. I do not know the whole story. All I came to know much later was that his failure to stop me from writing regularly in the Organiser was one of the reasons for the sorry outcome. But at that time I did not suspect it that I had something to do with his departure from a weekly which he had served for three score years, so much so that the Organiser had come to mean Malkani and Malkani the Organiser. Ale ways of party bosses are always inscrutable.
    • Goel, S.R., How I became a Hindu (1982)


  1. The World Sindhi Institute October 27, 2003 Press Release

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Preceded by
Dr. Rajani Rai
List of lieutenant governors of Puducherry
31 July 2002–27 October 2003
Succeeded by
P.S.Ram Mohan Rao
(Additional Charge)

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