Veteran journalist Vinod Dua passed away on 4th December (Saturday) as he was suffering from chronic liver disease.
The Padma Shri awardee was undergoing treatment in Delhi’s Apollo Hospital. He was 67.
Mallika Dua, his daughter took to her Instagram handle and shared a picture of her father and penned down an emotional note while paying tributes to him.
She wrote, “Our irreverent, fearless and extraordinary father, Vinod Dua has passed away. He lived an inimitable life, rising from the refugee colonies of Delhi to the peak of journalistic excellence for over 42 years, always, always speaking truth to power. He is now with our mom, his beloved wife Chinna in heaven where they will continue to sing, cook, travel, and drive each other up the wall.”
Popular Indian Journalist Vinod Dua dies on Saturday at 67
The last rites will be performed at the Lodhi crematorium in Delhi on 5th December, Sunday as confirmed by his daughter.
Mallika confirmed some days back on her Instagram account that her father’s condition was “beyond critical”.
Below is Mallika’s Instagram post for her father:
Mallika updated a post on her Instagram handle on 30th November, Tuesday by writing, “… he was moved to the Apollo Hospital ICU last night where he can be cared for better. He remains extremely critical and fragile. He has been a fighter his entire life. Uncompromising and relentless. His family is the same when it comes to him”.
Vinod Dua was born in the year 1954 in Delhi. His parents migrated from Pakistan to India post-independence in 1947.
He completed his graduation in English literature from Hans Raj College. He later pursued his Masters from the University of Delhi in literature. He used to participate in many singing and debate events during his school and college days.
Vinod began his career with Doordarshan in 1974 when he made his television debut in Yuva Manch, a Hindi-language youth program. He has worked with many media companies like NDTV, TV today, Zee TV, SaharaTV in his 42 years of journalism career.
He was the first electronic media journalist to be awarded the esteemed Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in the field of journalism in the year 1996.
He was last seen in the 10-minute current affairs program “Jan Gan Man Ki Baat” for The Wire Hindi.
Prannoy Roy, journalist and executive co-chairperson of NDTV remembered Vinod Dua and tweeted, “Deeply mourning the loss of Vinod. He was not just one of the greatest, he was THE greatest of his time.I have always said that:THE greatest An amazing talent I admired and respected-and from whom I learnt a lot in the many years we worked closely together Rest in peace my friend”.
Deeply mourning the loss of Vinod.He was not just one of the greatest,he was THE greatest of his time.I have always said that:THE greatest An amazing talent I admired and respected-and from whom I learnt a lot in the many years we worked closely together Rest in peace my friend
— Prannoy Roy (@PrannoyRoyNDTV) December 4, 2021
From #mallikadua ‘s IG stories..
Heartfelt condolences to Mallika and the family on the tragic passing of #VinodDua sir..
May you have strength, forbearance and patience at this time Mallika. All my love and my deepest condolences. Yours in grief.. 💔 pic.twitter.com/CaKs9obUj8
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 4, 2021
One of the best journalistic voices of India passed on. I was a huge admirer of his honesty, fearlessness and analysis. You will be missed #VinodDua bhai. May your soul be at peace. Heartfelt condolences to #MallikaDua and the family 🙏🏽💔
— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) December 4, 2021
Vinod dua’s wife Dr. Padmavati Dua died this year in 2021 because of Coronavirus. He is survived by his two daughters, Mallika Dua and Bakul Dua.