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Veteran Journalist Vinod Dua Dies At 67

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Veteran journalist Vinod Dua has died aged 67.

New Delhi:

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua has died of prolonged illness following a Covid infection, his daughter Mallika Dua confirmed in a social media post. The 67-year-old journalist was transferred to the intensive care unit at Apollo Hospital in Delhi last week on the advice of doctors. “Our irreverent, fearless and extraordinary father, Vinod Dua has passed away,” comic actor Mallika Dua said in his Instagram story and added that the cremation would take place at Lodhi’s crematorium in the capital tomorrow at noon.

With an illustrious career spanning four decades, Mr. Dua was the voice that a generation grew up listening to. His legacy transcends the 80s, 90s, 2000s and in his latest avatar, on new age digital media. He was known to have revolutionized election coverage in India.

DAILYNEWSCATCH’s Prannoy Roy, who has worked closely with Vinod Dua, said “Vinod is not just one of the greatest. He is the greatest of his time.”

Mr. Dua was a pioneer of Hindi journalism, with stints in Doordarshan and DAILYNEWSCATCH. Most recently, he was known for his political commentaries on webcasts for the digital media platforms The Wire and HW News.

Mr. Dua has received several awards for his contribution to journalism. In 1996, he became the first electronic media journalist to win the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award.

He was also awarded the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008 by the Indian government. In June 2017, for lifetime achievement in journalism, the Mumbai Press Club presented him with the RedInk Award, which was presented to him by Devendra Fadnavis, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

He has also hosted programs like ‘Janwani‘, where the generally silent national broadcaster Doordarshan saw the art of asking direct questions and how the truth is told in power.

Mr. Dua has always seen himself as a broadcaster and not just a journalist. He was a shrewd political journalist, but his heart was in art, culture, music and even food.

An important step at the start of his career was’Parakh‘, a weekly news program on Doordarshan.

Vinod Dua was also an integral part of DAILYNEWSCATCH’s journey. He was the host of ‘Khabardar India’ and ‘Vinod Dua Live’. He was also a regular on election broadcasting. More importantly, when Hindi journalism went through its worst phase with the language used on television, it was seen as a voice of reason.

His popular cooking show “Zaika India Ka” saw him crisscross the country just for the best taste.

He was widely regarded as fearless and was never afraid to ask the most uncomfortable questions, in the most polite way possible.

“Our irreverent, fearless and extraordinary father, Vinod Dua has passed away. He has lived an inimitable life, rising from the refugee settlements of Delhi to the pinnacle of journalistic excellence for over 42 years, always telling the truth in power. He is now with our mother, his beloved wife Chinna in Heaven where they will continue to sing, cook, travel and behave against each other, “Mallika Dua wrote in her Instagram story.

Vinod Dua was hospitalized in Gurugram with his wife radiologist Padmavati Dua following a Covid infection in the second wave earlier this year. Ms. Dua passed away in June and Mr. Dua has had health problems since then.

Mr. Dua is survived by two daughters, comic actor Mallika Dua and Bakul Dua, a clinical psychologist.

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