Veteran journalist Vinod Dua Succumbs to Post-Covid Complications

He was suffering from post-covid health complications and had been admitted to the ICU of a private hospital in Gurugram from November 29th.

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua who was aged 67 passed away today informed his daughter Mallika Dua. He was suffering from post-covid health complications and had been admitted to the ICU of a private hospital in Gurugram from November 29th.

The 67-year-old journalist, a pioneer in broadcast Hindi journalism with stints in Doordarshan was known for his committed journalism with NDTV and was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award and the Padma Shri in 2008.

Taking to social media, his daughter Mallika Dua, bidding an emotional farewell to her dad wrote: “There will never be another like you. My first and best friend. My Papaji. Very few live as large and glorious a life as you did. Always up for a good time. Always ready for a challenge. Loved a good fight. Always there for his children. A self-made, lion-hearted legend who roared in rebellion till his last breath. He feared nothing, least of all death. Thank you for being the BEST dad in the world. I’m sure you and mama are eating chapli kebab and discussing “Mallika itna kyun ladti hai sabse. Kaise manage karegi”. The most courageous, irreverent, compassionate, and funny man I know. What a guy. An ordinary boy born in Nabi Karim who took on the high and mighty and won, till the end. Padmashree Vinod Dua. Even at your weakest, you gave Indian Journalism a landmark judgment. No journalist will be randomly slapped with a sedition case because Vinod Dua fought that fight for them, as he always has. Heaven is just so f***ing lucky, it has my whole entire life. We won’t live in fear and grief forever. We will live with pride and gratitude because look at the extraordinary parents we got. I wouldn’t trade my destiny for anything. It gave me Vinod and Chinna. Nobody gets double lucky. Bohot Umda”.

Further, she has informed that the cremation would take place on December 5 at Lodhi Crematorium at noon.

Mallika Dua’s Instagram Post Informing of her father’s death
Last May when the Covid-19 outbreak was at its peak during the second wave, both Vinod Dua and his wife were admitted to the hospital as they were diagnosed to be Covid positive. The journalist’s health has suffered ever since and he has been in and out of hospitals.
Condolences have started pouring in from the fraternity of journalists and politicians amongst others.

The Mumbai Press Club has tweeted ” India today lost fearless and one of the legends of journalism Vinod Dua. The RedInk Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism for 2017 was bestowed on him for his extensive and versatile contribution in different journalism formats. May his soul rest in peace. #VinodDua” 

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