Vinod Dua, a pioneer of news television, political commentator, food critic, veteran journalist, a true blue television celebrity and a household name, especially for India's urban middle class, passed away today. He was 67 and suffering from post-Covid illness and complexity. His passing away was confirmed through a social media post by his daughter Mallika Dua. He was hospitalised in the ICU and his condition had been critical for while now.
Mallika Dua, has posted a smiling picture of her father on her Instagram with a message “Our irreverent, fearless and extraordinary father, Vinod Dua has passed away. He lived an inimitable life rising from the refugee colonies of East Delhi to the peak of journalistic excellence for over 42 years, always, always speaking truth to power. He is now with our mom his beloved wife Chinna in heaven where they will continue to sing, cook travel and drive each other up the wall.” Mallika Dua in her post also informed that the cremation would be held at the Lodhi crematorium in the capital tomorrow(5-12-2021) at noon. Pranav Roy spoke in an NDTV report, "Vinod is not just one of the greatest. He is the greatest of his era".
Gauhar Raza, former Chief Scientist CSIR and a well-known poet, knew Dua very closely. He says, " Dua was a wonderful person and full of humour." Expressing his condolences he added, "He was a gem of a person. We used to talk often on the phone about various aspects."
Raza recalled a meeting with Dua at Oxford book store in Connaught Place. “In 2019 we both were at Oxford book store talking on some literary programme. Suddenly he asked – “ Gauhar koi aisa upay nahi ki in sari kitabon ka gyan ek bar me dimag me aa jae” We both kept laughing at that sentence for a long while.”
Pawan Pandita, a senior former Journalist from Hindustan Times said that Dua gave a lot to journalism and his presentation was influential. “He got the attention of the audience whenever he spoke and on whatever topic he spoke. His simple and raw style of explanation about food and his relaxed mannerism in front of the camera was his unique style." He would truly be missed by his audience and in the Indian journalistic circle.