JFA mourns demise of news presenter Golap Saikia

NJ Thakuria

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses its profound grief
over the untimely demise of news presenter and announcer Golap Saikia
to the novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments. Saikia (52),
who worked as a casual newsreader in All India Radio Guwahati, was
feeling unwell for some days and later hospitalized, where tested
positive for Covid-19. The soft-spoken gentleman breathed his last on
26 September 2020 in the hospital.

Hailed from Khutikotia of Nagaon locality in central Assam, Saikia
initially worked as a casual announcer at AIR Nagaon. He also used to
present news bulletins in Guwahati Doordarshan along with private
satellite news channels like DY365, NewsLive, PrimeNews, etc. Saikia,
who was also associated with various cultural activities, left his
wife, a minor daughter and a host of relatives and well-wishers.
Earlier, Assam witnessed two journo-victims of the Covid-19 pandemic
as Udalguri based correspondent Dhaneswar Rabha (35) died at
Guwahati medical college hospital on 6 September. Rabha is the first
scribe in northeast India to succumb to Covid-19 complications. He was
suffering from renal problems and went for regular dialysis. Rabha
left behind his parents, wife, two kids, a host of relatives.

Next day, senior journalist Ashim Dutta passed away at Silchar
medical college hospital. Dutta (65), who worked for a Bengali daily
in Barak valley, was also suffering from kidney problems. He was
admitted to the hospital after testing positive for the novel corona
virus infection. A pass-out from Gauhati University, Dutta left
behind his wife, only daughter and other relatives.

The printer-publisher of AsomiyaKhabar (Rantu Das) also died at a
Guwahati hospital and later tested positive for the virus infection.
Terming the journalists as corona-warriors along with the doctors,
nurses, sanitation workers, police personnel etc, JFA president Rupam
Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria urges the media fraternity to be
careful while reporting the pandemic from the ground.

Lately India as a nation lost eight working journalists to Covid-19
complications within twelve days. The latest victim surfaces Indore
(Madhya Pradesh), where senior journalist Manoj Binwal died of the
virus infection in the hospital. Binwal (55), who worked for Hindi
newspaper Prajatantra, was hospitalized after testing positive for
Covid-19 and breather his last on 20 September.

A day back, Agra based journalist Ami Adhar Nidar (50) died of the
virus infection at Medanta hospital, Gurugram. Associated with widely
circulated Hindi newspaper DainikJagaran, the popular journalist was
hospitalized after he tested positive for Covid-19. He left behind
his wife, one son and one daughter with other relatives.

Earlier, Anil Srivastava (68) from Basti in Jammu locality succumbed
to Covid-19 complications on 18 September. Worked for the United News
of India for many years, Srivastava died at Basti medical college
hospital. Survived by his wife, two sons and other relatives, the
journalist also edited local newspapers namely VicharParakh and
PrakashTimes. Same day, Madhya Pradesh lost one of its senior
journalists to Covid-19. Harish Choubey (60), who worked for popular
Hindi newspaper DainikBhaskar from Jabalpur, was hospitalized after
testing positive for the virus infection.

Aurangabad based senior journalist Rahul Dolare (49) died of
Covid-19 on 14 September in the government hospital. He was associated
with a local newspaper and hospitalized after complaining of mild
fever. Chennai based Tamil journalist-actor Florent C Pereira (67)
also died same day in the hospital. Used to work for Kalaignar TV, Win
TV and Vijay TV, Pereira was hospitalized after he tested positive
for Covid-19.

Abohar (Punjab) based journalist Naresh Bajaj (57) succumbed to
Covid-19 complications on 10 September. Bajaj worked for SachKahoon
newspaper and he was very active as a frontline corona activist.
Ravinder Kumar (30) from Una locality in Himachal Pradesh died of
Covid-19 on 9 September. Working for DainikJagran, Kumar was not
feeling well for some time. He was sent to the hospital after
developing symptoms of Covid-19 and he died on the way. His cremation
was conducted following Covid-19 protocols.

Weeks back, Mumbai based senior film-journalist Shyam Sarma, Nellore
(Andhra Pradesh) based scribe Narayanam Seshacharyulu, Pune based
television reporter Pandurang Raikar, Kanpur based television
journalist Neelanshu Shukla, Patiala based photojournalist Jai Deep,
Tirupati based television reporter Madhusudan Reddy & video
journalist M Parthasarathy succumbed to the infections.

The list also includes television reporter Ramanathan & news
videographer E Velmurugan from Chennai, news presenter Davinder Pal
Singh from Chandigarh, television scribe Manoj Kumar from Hyderabad,
print-journalist Pankaj Kulashrestha from Agra, Orissa’s journalists
Simanchal Panda, K Ch Ratnam & Priyadarshi Patnaik, etc.

Kolkata based photojournalist Ronny Roy became the first Indian scribe
to lose his battle against the dreaded virus. New Delhi scribe Tarun
Sisodia killed himself undergoing Covid-19 treatment at AIIMS.
Maharashtra’s veteran journalist Ashok Churi, who edited Marathi
weekly PalgharTimes, died at a Palghar based hospital, who later
tested positive for Covid-19.

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