Veteran journalist Vinod Dua, who began his career with Doordarshan in the era of black and white and left his mark in the digital space in the decades that followed, died at Apollo Hospital in Delhi on Saturday. He was 67 years old.
The last rites of the pioneering television journalist, who was hospitalized with Covid earlier this year and lost his wife, radiologist Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua, to the virus in June, will be performed at Lodhi crematorium on Sunday, his daughter and actor- said the comic Mallika Dua.
Vinod Dua, who had been admitted to the Apollo intensive care unit, suffered from chronic liver disease, hospital sources said. “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 lead each other to the wall,” Mallika Dua wrote on her Instagram Stories.
Vinod Dua was a pioneer in Hindi broadcast journalism with stints in Doordarshan and NDTV and eclectic interests ranging from politics to cooking. He hosted the popular food show “Zaika India Ka” for NDTV which saw him explore the distinct culinary cultures of different towns and villages in India.
He also anchored Jan Gan Man Ki Baat for The Wire Hindi. Vinod Dua and his wife were in a hospital in Gurgaon when the second wave of Covid was at its peak.
Since then, the journalist’s health had deteriorated and he had entered and left hospitals. The couple are also relatives of their eldest daughter Bakul Dua, a clinical psychologist.
Earlier this week on Monday, Mallika Dua said her father’s condition was more than critical. “… He was transferred to the ICU at Apollo Hospital last night where he can be better cared for. He remains extremely critical and fragile.
He’s been a fighter his whole life. Uncompromising and relentless. His family is the same when it comes to him, ”she added in her Instagram post on Tuesday.
Vinod Dua, who had a degree in English Literature from Hans Raj College and later obtained his MA in Literature from the University of Delhi, had won many laurels over the years.
In 2008, Vinod Dua was awarded the Padma Shri for Journalism. He was also the first electronic media journalist to receive the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award.
(Edited by : Jomy Jos Pullokaran)