NEW DELHI: Veteran journalist Vinod Dua passed away on Saturday. He breathed his last in the intensive care unit of New Delhi’s Apolo Hospital where he was shifted last week. He was 67.
Confirming the news his daughter Mallika Dua wrote on social media: “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.”
Vinod Dua and his wife Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua had contracted Covid during the second phase of the pandemic. Both had to be hospitalised in a Gurugram hospital. Chinna Dua succumbed to Covid-19 in June after a prolonged battle with the disease.
Vinod Dua, a pioneer in Hindi television journalism, is survived by two daughters, the comic-actor Mallika Dua and Bakul Dua, a clinical psychologist.
Mallika Dua has also informed that her father’s cremation would be held at the Lodhi crematorium in the capital on Sunday, December 5, at noon.
Besides stints at Doordarshan and NDTV, Vinod Dua will be remembered for his political commentary in web shows for digital media platforms The Wire and HW News.-IANS