The passing away of Mr.K.M.Mathew is a huge loss for Malankara Orthodox Church. The MOSC had benefited from his mature and sane advice all these years, and I think, it would be difficult to fill the void.
But his greatest contribution to the Church he loved so dearly, as well as to the world at large, was the message he conveyed through his lifestyle. Even when he conquered the media world, he led a modest life. His simplicity was in stark contrast to the flourishing corporate world he built. Even at the height of prosperity, he dressed modestly, traveled in modest cars (contrast this with our craze for the latest and poshest cars!) and lived in a modest house built many years ago. While the offices of the Manorama Group provided elegant and modern creature comforts for its workforce, the Chief Editor himself occupied a very simple and unassuming office room at its headquarters at Kottayam. Though he owned one of the largest media networks in India, he never indulged in self-publicity. In fact, he was seldom seen on the pages of the various Group publications. This, I think, was his greatest quality and the hardest test of greatness. He was never pompous, condescending or over-bearing. While he built institutions after institutions, he remained humble and humane. All marks of a true Christian.
His life was his message and he led by example. I wish there were more like him among the leaders of today-- social, political or spiritual.
With love and prayers,