SUDDENLY AND FOR NO REASON AT ALL I recently remembered Vinod Dua one of the earliest – perhaps the first- anchors of Indian television. equally articulate in Hindi and English.
Wondering what happened to him I surfed all top TV channels at different times and did not find him there. I faintly recalled seeing him on a food programme a few years ago and thought “what a fall for one of the best political analysts and election anchors.
I remembered that when I wrote about C. Y. Chintamani, described as “the Pope of Indian Journalism” by the great Right Hon’ble Srinivasa Sastry (his name was never taken without that suffix) in my book ‘A TOWN CALLED PENURY – the Changing Culture of Indian Journalism’, many, including old timers, asked me who he was. (of course they did not hear of Srinivasa Sastry either).
On Googling I found that he still does a news analysis for a non-profit channel The Wire. I remember his Door Darshan (government TV) election programmes, his ‘Jan Gan Man Ki Baat’ public affairs programs and many others, how he came up without a godfather in Information and Broadcasting Ministry, how he grew up in refugee colonies of Delhi as his parents migrated to India after partition…
You can get a lot about him on Google and You Tube and wonder how many great talents go into oblivion over time. So, go ahead and search.