Vinod Dua, veteran journalist, dies at 67
- Vinod Dua dies at the age of 67.
- He was fighting a prolonged illness after suffering a COVID infection.
- He is survived by two daughters, Mallika and Bakul Dua.
Veteran journalist Vinod Dua has died at the age of 67 after a drawn-out illness due to COVID infection, his daughter Mallika Dua confirmed Saturday via a social media post. Last week, the Ramnath Goenka Excellence awardee was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Apollo Hospital in Delhi, following his doctor’s orders.
Mallika shared a heartfelt post hailing her late father as an extraordinary man who always sought the truth. Calling the Padma Shri recipient fearless and irreverent, she emphasized how he had risen from the from Delhi’s refugee colonies to reach heights of journalistic excellence for around 42 years. Vinod, who was a pioneer in Hindi journalism, had stints at Doordarshan and NDTV. In recent times he was better known for political commentary on platforms like HW News and The Wire.
Notably, Vinod was hospitalised along with his wife and radiologist, Padmavati Dua, after they were both infected with the coronavirus during the second wave, earlier in 2021. Padmavati passed away in June, and Vinod had been struggling with his health ever since. His last rites will be at the Lodhi crematorium in the nation’s capital, tomorrow at noon.
The late great journalist’s daughters are all that is left of his immediate family. They include Mallika, the comic-actor, who has appeared in notable Bollywood movies like ‘Zero’ and ‘Namaste England’, and Bakul, a clinical psychologist. While the news surely comes as a severe blow to those closest to the eminent journalist, Mallika maintained a fighting attitude to the very end. Even during her father’s final days, she remained sure that irrespective of the outcome, they would celebrate the life he lived and the lives he touched.
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She believed that a life well-lived is always better than one spent in despair and fear. Needless to say, Vinod Dua, in all his accomplishments, lived the former. Our condolences go out to his family during this time.