Note: It is painful and hurt to learn this loss for a great Kalahandia. I had couple of times talked to him, he kept encouraging development initiative of Kalahandi.
The New Indian Express, Oct 29, 2013
Senior News Editor of ‘The New Indian Express’ Debdas Thakur passed away following a massive cardiac arrest around mid-night on Sunday. He was 51.
Debdas had gone home after the day’s work when he complained of acute chest pain. He was rushed to the Capital Hospital where he was declared dead. He is survived by wife Sujata and son Sougat.
Born in 1962 in Bhawanipatna, Debdas had a sterling career spanning two and a half decades with the TNIE. He started as an apprentice Sub-Editor with the Vizianagaram edition of “The Express” in 1988 before rising through the ranks rapidly. When the “Express” launched its Odisha edition, Debdas was posted in Bhubaneswar. He was appointed as the News Editor of the edition in 2005 and elevated as the Senior NE in 2010.
A man of few words, Debdas commanded tremendous respect from his peers in the journalism circle for his sharp sense of news and impeccable writing. He was at the helm of the News Desk of The New Indian Express, Bhubaneswar, and those who got training under him had only words of respect for the man.
Educated in Government College, Bhawanipatna, the soft-spoken Debdas received his journalism degree from YMCA, New Delhi. He started his career with The Times of India in Jaipur before moving on to The Sun Times, Bhubaneswar.
A keen follower of music and art, the 51- year-old had a passion for environmental issues and also felt strongly about issues concerning the KBK region where he belonged. His untimely demise has left the media circle shocked.
Debdas’ mortal remains were taken to Bhawanipatna where the final rites were conducted. A large number of his friends __ from Odisha and outside __ converged at his home town to pay their last respects. A prayer meeting was also held by journalists of Bhubaneswar near Jayadev Bhawan earlier in the day.
Incidentally, Debdas wrote an edit ‘High Time for Assertive Policy in Bangladesh,’ an hour before he breathed his last, which appears in today’s edition.