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Veteran journalist Basant Das is no more

Bhubaneswar:29/5/21: Veteran journalist Basant Das is no more. He lost his battle to COVID-19 today.The veteran journalist and author succumbed to Covid-19 on Friday.  He was 81. Das had tested positive for the virus and was admitted to a private Covid hospital in Bhubaneswar. However, he breathed his last while undergoing at the private hospital late on Friday night

Known for his recent book titled ‘Political History of Modern Odisha’, Das was the author of 16 books to his credit. He was conferred with the prestigious Odisha Sahitya Academy Award for his book ‘Je Desh Jai, Se Fala Khai’. He had received acclamation from many organisations for the award-winning book.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his deep grief over the departure of the journalist and author Basant Das.“Das was well-known as a columnist and political analyst. He had been active in the journalism for more than half a century. He will be remembered for his contribution to the field of literature and journalism,” the CM said.

Basant Das, a multifaceted personality, had opted for journalism refusing a lucrative government job after completing his post-graduation in Political Science from Utkal University. He began his career in journalism as a correspondent of Eastern Times, Odisha’s only English Daily in 1965.

He retired as the Chief of Bureau of the Amrita Bazar Patrika group of publications for Odisha in the year 1996.

The well-known political pundit had observed the politics of Odisha during last five decades.

Following his retirement, the veteran journalist and litterateur continued writing the books. He was associated with a large number of social organisations including Odisha Media Academy.

A pall of gloom descended among the media fraternity due to his sudden demise of the veteran journalist.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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