Noted Journalist Ranjit Guru Passes Away
Bhubaneswar: Noted journalist and columnist Ranjit Guru passed away at a private hospital here following a brief illness, family sources said on Sunday. He was 61 and is survived by wife and a daughter.
Guru, who was admitted to a private hospital here a few days ago, breathed his last in the early hours at around 12.30 am, they said.
A host of dignitaries including Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan have condoled the demise of Guru.
ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ସାମ୍ବାଦିକ ତଥା ସ୍ତମ୍ଭକାର ରଣଜିତ ଗୁରୁଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଖବରକାଗଜରେ ନିଜ ସ୍ତମ୍ଭ ‘ଅପ୍ରସଙ୍ଗ’ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଅନେକ ଗୁରୁତ୍ୱପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ ବିଷୟରେ ଆଲୋଚନା କରି ନିଜର ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର ପରିଚୟ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରିଥିଲେ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) August 18, 2019
ବରିଷ୍ଠ ସାମ୍ବାଦିକ, ସ୍ତମ୍ଭ ଲେଖକ ତଥା ରାଜନୈତିକ ବିଶ୍ଲେଷକ ରଣଜିତ ଗୁରୁଙ୍କ ଅକାଳ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମର୍ମାହତ । ଶ୍ରୀ ଗୁରୁ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସାମ୍ବାଦିକତା ଜଗତରେ ନିଜ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର ସ୍ଥାନ ତିଆରି କରିଥିଲେ। ନିଜର ମତକୁ ତଥ୍ୟ ଆଧାରରେ ଲୋକଙ୍କ ସାମ୍ନାରେ ଉପସ୍ଥାପନ କରୁଥିଲେ ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 18, 2019
Guru had carved a special identity for himself by highlighting important issues through his writings and columns, Patnaik said on Twitter while expressing grief over the passing away of the senior journalist.
Pradhan said Odia media has suffered a big loss in the demise of Guru, who had created a special position as a journalist, columnist and political analyst.
Senior BJP leaders including leader of opposition in Odisha Assembly Pradipta Naik and party’s state unit president and MP Basant Panda have also condoled Guru’s demise.
With over three-decade-long career in journalism, Guru was working with leading Odia daily Sambad in a senior editorial position. He was also associated with leading newspapers like Anandabazar Patrika and The Asian Age.
He had undergone kidney transplant surgery in 2005.
The last rites of Guru will be performed in Sambalpur, family sources said.