It comes as a profound shock of the passing away of Veteran Journalist and Padma Shri awardee Vinod Dua on Saturday, 4 December, after battling for his life in Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, where he was admitted to the ICU.
Vinod Dua leaves behind elder daughter Bakul Dua, a Clinical Psychologist, and younger daughter and Actor Mallika Dua.
His death comes just months following the death of his wife, radiologist Padmavati Dua, Radiologist to COVID-19 after a long battle in Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital, during the second wave in India.
The senior journalist too had contracted COVID-19 at the same time as his wife. He recovered eventually, but his health had deteriorated rapidly since April, causing him to be in and out of hospitals.
As per Mallika, he had also taken the demise of his wife – fondly known as ‘Chinna’ – hard, and was “unable to come to terms with losing the light of his life.”
He had a Long, Bright Journalistic Career.
He was a noted Hindi television presenter and had started off his bright journalistic career with Doordarshan in 1974 and went on to anchor election analysis programmes with veteran journalist Prannoy Roy on the channel and elsewhere.
Dua also produced Parakh, a weekly current affairs magazine telecast on Doordarshan, as well as other popular news shows like Tasveer-e-Hind, Chunav Chunauti, Pratidin, Parakh, and Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri.
In 1985, he began anchoring Janvani, a landmark show which offered a platform to citizens to ask questions to ministers about their policies.
Two years later, in 1987, he joined TV Today, a venture of the India Today Group, as its chief producer. Soon after, he began editing Newstrack, the first video magazine in the country, according to The Wire.
He has also worked with NDTV as a part-time editor and news website The Wire, where as a consulting editor, he hosted a show titled Jan Gan Man ki Baat.
An alumnus of Delhi University’s Hans Raj College, Dua, in 1996, was awarded with the esteemed Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award. Thereafter, in 2008, he was bestowed with the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008 by the Government of India.
In June 2017, he won the RedInk Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism for 2017, which was handed over to him by then Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
News Edit: K.V.Raman