Vinod Dua, pioneer in Hindi TV journalism, no more

 Vinod Dua, pioneer in Hindi TV journalism, no more

In another post, Mallika referenced the sedition case lodged against Dua by a BJP leader which was quashed by the Supreme Court in June this year. “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,” she wrote.

A pioneer of Hindi television journalism, with interests ranging from politics, culture to food, Padma Shri awardee Vinod Dua died at the Apollo Hospital Saturday. He was 67. Dua was ospitalised with Covid earlier this year along with his wife Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua who died on June 11. His health had been consistently deteriorating since then.

Dua’s death was announced by his younger daughter, actor-comic Mallika Dua, on Instagram. The couple was also parents to their elder daughter Bakul Dua, a clinical psychologist.

“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. The cremation will take place tomorrow (5.12.21) at Lodhi crematorium at 12 noon,” she wrote around 5 pm.

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