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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Prabhash Joshi passed away

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Prabhash Joshi, the noted Hindi Journalist who worked to show the real India through his bold and powerful writings up to the age of 72, passed away in the late night on 5th November, 2009 following a heart attack.

The journalism of Mr. Joshi remained multidimensional as he used to write on varying topics ranging from sports to politics. However, during the last phase of his work he remained busy in voicing the concerns and anxieties of the weaker and marginalized sections of people. Mr. Joshi worked tirelessly for the freedom of the press for which he is specially acknowledged in the world of journalism.

Prabhash Joshi was the founder editor of Jansatta, the Hindi News Paper since June 1983 though he began his journalistic career with “Nai Duniya”. He retired from Jansatta in 1995 though he remained its Chief Editorial Advisor for a long time. Mr. Joshi also worked in the field of English Journalism and remained associated with the Indian Express as its resident editor at Ahmadabad, Chandigarh, and Delhi offices. In Tehelka Hindi, he had recently launched a weekly column entitled “Aughat Ghat.”

Mr. Joshi is survived with his mother Leela Dewi, wife Usha Dewi, daughter Sonal, and sons Sandeep and Sapan. He had deep faith in the Gandhian Philosophy and originally belonged to Indore. In his condolence message Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India has expressed deep concern saying that the demise of Mr. Prabhash Joshi is a great loss to the Indian Journalism. To quote Mr. Singh – "He acquired an iconic status as the founder editor of the Hindi daily Jansatta. A whole generation of journalists drew inspiration from him, especially in questioning the current orthodoxy. In his later years, Shri Joshi worked tirelessly to give voice to the concerns and anxieties of the voiceless and marginalized. Indian journalism will be so much the poorer for his death".

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