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June, 1992. I stroll into Vinod Dua’s workplace for an interview as a summer season intern. My mom and Mr Dua’s spouse, Dr Padmavati, labored at a charitable clinic collectively. An opportunity dialog between them led to this internship. The internship was supposed to make productive use of my summer season trip. Little did I do know it will change the course of my life.

Mr Dua peered over his spectacles intently – a glance {that a} technology raised on Doordarshan was accustomed to. Right here I used to be, face-to-face with the charismatic anchor who had blazed a path for himself by fearless journalism, mental firepower, verbal artistry and an unimaginable join with viewers. He learn my CV aloud with a tone of bemusement: Head Lady, School President, Elocution, Dramatics, Debate. I froze, questioning if it was sufficient. He chuckled, “It could be such enjoyable to be in faculty once more.”

These have been the times when there was no non-public information channel in India. Mr Dua was producing a programme for Doordarshan on the anniversary of the Narasimha Rao authorities. He had taken up a short lived workplace area on Barakhamba Street in Delhi. As an intern, I needed to line up interviews with ministers and consultants; his producers and he could be out all day, filming. The programme was a hit and Mr Dua bagged a long-term contract for a weekly news-magazine, ‘Parakh’. He supplied me a job as information coordinator, and I discovered myself switching profession paths from pursuing Regulation to Journalism.


After internship, Gauri Datta labored as a information coordinator for Vinod Dua’s weekly news-magazine, ‘Parakh.

The subsequent few weeks have been devoted to finding a extra everlasting workplace area and placing collectively a crew for ‘Parakh’. As a novice within the discipline, it was a privilege to see among the best journalists up shut and really feel the push of reports occasions. Watching Mr Dua in his anchor and interviewer avatar was gripping – with no auto-cue, he would converse straight into the digicam, by no means fumbling, seldom getting into for a second take. I watched with amazement as he interviewed folks in energy, asking uncomfortable questions in his measured voice, by no means mincing phrases, by no means fazed.

His presence was legendary. On shoots, frequent folks would have a look at him star-struck, and he would reply with a way of ease and familiarity, having risen from refugee colonies. Responding to his diminutive body, a fan in North Block as soon as exclaimed, embarrassingly, “Itna bada aadmi aur itna chhota kath“. Mr Dua laughed it off good-humoredly, a twinkle in his eye.

A music-lover to the core. The music system was an integral a part of the boss’s room.  A vivid reminiscence is of him studying the newspaper together with his little daughter on his lap, tapping his toes to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The person who may stare down any politician additionally had a razor-sharp wit and an eclectic love for poetry and literature.

The subsequent few months would form Indian historical past and politics irrevocably – the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December, adopted by the Mumbai serial blasts of 1993. Coordinating the protection whereas absorbing the magnitude of the occasions was, for a straight-out-of-college teenager like me, life-changing. We have been on the sidelines of historical past – actually watching it unfold, attempting to make sense of all of it.


wantpassport’s Prannoy Roy with Vinod Dua throughout a panel dialogue on the counting day for the eleventh Lok Sabha elections.

Virtually 30 years later, the world is a unique place. From solely DD Information again then, there is a plethora of reports channels and a line-up of star anchors now. From tedious enhancing on umatic tapes again then, now there’s the much less cumbersome non-linear enhancing. From having to ship riders to the airport to fetch tales despatched by outstation reporters, there are reside hyperlinks and OB vans at the moment. From sitting in libraries pouring over analysis, it is all a click on away on Google now.

I believed I would share my 30-year milestone with Mr Dua in June subsequent yr, instrumental as he was in opening the world of journalism to me. My mom and his spouse, whose likelihood dialog landed me the internship, are each gone. Now, he is gone as effectively. The previous order, our once-familiar world, all fading away.

Prannoy Roy, the trailblazing psephologist and Vinod Dua’s co-anchor on probably the most landmark election exhibits, and my boss for nearly 19 years, is without doubt one of the few hyperlinks to the world I as soon as knew. Their election evaluation with the seamless transition from English to Hindi stored a nation riveted. There’ll by no means be a crew like theirs once more. Election evaluation won’t ever be the identical once more.

Vinod Dua, the unique mass communicator, gone and not using a log out.

(Gauri Datta Gupta is Managing Editor, wantpassport 24×7)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed inside this text are the private opinions of the writer. The details and opinions showing within the article don’t replicate the views of wantpassport and wantpassport doesn’t assume any accountability or legal responsibility for a similar.



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