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Veteran NRI broadcaster Mahendra Kaul dies

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Eminent Indian-origin broadcaster and died here today, following a brief illness. He was 95.

Kaul, who had been ill for some time, passed away peacefully at his home early this morning, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife and daughter Kalyani Kaul, a based in

Born in Srinagar, began his career with and went on to make his mark as a broadcaster with the

Following a stint with Voice of in Washington, he joined the immigrants programme unit of the in London, producing two weekly TV programmes for South Asian viewers for nearly two decades.

"It is very sad to hear of the passing of this great human being and friend. He was a pillar of the Indian community and the first Indian who raised the image and profile of and in the UK," said leading NRI industrialist Lord

became the first NRI to be honoured with an Order of the by back in 1975 for his services to race relations. Later, he also received the Duke of award for his work in the field.

One of Kaul's popular programmes on the BBC, 'Apna Hi Ghar Samjhiye' (Make Yourself At Home), ran for 14 years after he was brought in to present a host of such shows to help some of the early immigrants settle in and integrate into British society. He went on to interview a series of high-profile figures, including then Prime Ministers and as well as Indian film icons like and

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 16:45 IST