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Mainstream, Vol XLVII, No 43, October 10, 2009

Great Loss to the Media World

Sunday 11 October 2009, by A K Dasgupta

COMMUNICATION

I am sorry to learn that the veteran journalist and media critic, G.S. Bhargava, passed away on September 22. It is a great loss to the Indian media world. I had been an avid reader of his writings in Mainstream and his Sunday column “Blue Pencil” in The Pioneer when Vinod Meta was its editor. The Editor’s Guild in a statement had aptly summed up his contributions thus: “The Blue Pencil column was looked forward to by journalists with both eagerness and uneasiness, as he was fair, but strict on the norms of journalism and writing skills.”

I had the privilege of knowing him when he was the resident editor of The Indian Express at Hyderabad. The Administrative Staff College of India used to invite him as a guest speaker for the general management courses. The last time I met him was, if memory serves me right, at the end of the 1980s when he visited the Eenadu office to collect some material available in its library.

He was a prolific writer and authored more than 20 books. Many of them deal with incisive and objective analysis of the Indian media scene.

Through Mainstream, I convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

A.K. Dasgupta

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