N. Ram, chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited and former editor-in-chief of The Hindu and Frontline magazine, is a political journalist with literary interests. He has written on a range of socio-political subjects and specialized in investigative journalism. Along with Susan Ram, he is the biographer of the great Indian writer, R. K. Narayan, whom he knew well. Ram was elected president of the Contemporary India Section of the 72nd Session of the Indian History Congress (2011). He was awarded the Padma Bhushan for Journalism (1990). He also received the Asian Investigative Journalist of the Year Award from the Press Foundation of Asia (1990); the B. D. Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (1989); and a Columbia J-School Alumni Award (2003).