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Remembering Veteran Odisha Scribe Ranjit Guru


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18 August 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: Veteran Odisha-based journalist Ranjit Guru's demise has spread a pall of gloom across the media fraternity in the State. Guru spent a major part of his career with leading Odia daily ‘Sambad’, where he worked as a senior Editor. He was 61.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief on the death of the senior journalist. His contribution for journalism as well as for Odia art and culture was immmense, Naveen said. He conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Veteran scribes and public in general have termed Guru's demise as a big loss to journalism. As soon as the news spread, social media was flooded with obituaries and condolences for the veteran scribe and his bereaved family.

Grieving the loss, Founder Chairamn of Sambad Group and Khandapada MLA Soumya Ranjan Patnaik said that Guru was one of the leading young journalists who helped him lay the foundation of Sambad.

"Our Sambad family is mourning the loss of a key member today. He was a pillar of our organisation. His responsibility was to edit the Editorial page (of the vernacular daily)," Patnaik said.

Patnaik said that young journalists of the day can learn a lot from Guru's work culture and skills. "There is a lot to grasp from him, for our young friends," Patnaik added.

Senior journalist Dilip Bisoi said that Ranjit Guru was a bank of information and his command over Odisha politics was unmatched. "It is a personal loss for me, I lost a friend," said Bisoi.

Veteran journalist Rabi Das said, "Ranjit Guru used to read a lot. His opinion were based on facts and deep analysis of a subject."

Eastern Media executive director Tanaya Patnaik said that Guru's demise is a big loss for journalism and Sambad group. He was a very-loved person and a journalist par excellence.

 

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Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Founder, Sambad Group

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Dilip Bisoi, Senior Journalist

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Rabi Das, Senior Journalist

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Tanaya Patnaik, Executive Director, Eastern Media

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Monica Nair Patnaik, Managing Director, Eastern Media

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Goura Hari Dash, Features Editor, Sambad