Lucknow: A pall of gloom has descended on the journalistic firmament in Uttar Pradesh eversince news of the sad demise of veteran journalist Dilip Awasthi at the age of 64 broke earlier in the day.
A man with a prolific stint in the journalism arena that lasted nearly four decades, Awasthi was known for his journalism in a highly respected bilingual proficiency. In his career he served some of the biggest media houses both in Hindi and English.
Paying homage to the departed Editor, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wished for the peace of the departed soul while expressing deep condolences.
Meanwhile, speaker of the Legislative Assembly Hriday Narayan Dixit expressed deep condolences on the demise of Awasthi. He said that the departed soul should be given peace and may the family get the strength to bear this immense sorrow.
In a statement issued by the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Manyata Prapt Samvad daata Samiti, Dilip Awasthi was paid rich tributes. His death has been called an irreparable loss and the end of an era in the journalism scene in U.P and beyond.
Chairman of the Committee, Hemant Tiwari said that Dilip Awasthi was a nursery of journalism in Uttar Pradesh, from where many good journalists have learnt and carved a niche for themself.
In a career spanning decades, he served reputed media institutions like India Today, The Pioneer, Zee News, Times of India, Dainik Jagran and Outlook and held important positions. Dilip had good knowledge of music.
Committee Vice President Ajay Srivastava and Treasurer Zafar Irshad said that the death of Dilip has ended an era of journalism in Uttar Pradesh. He said that this is a void which will be very hard to fill.
Dilip Awasthi was cremated at the Bhaisakund crematorium. Known for his incisive stories, he had not been keeping well in the past few years and was bed-ridden owing to a kidney ailment. Awasthi had been ill for a long time and had a kidney transplant at SGPGI.
The Media Photographers Club expressed deep grief over the demise of Awasthi and paid him a heartfelt tribute.
President of Media Photographers Club SM Pari said it would not be unfair if Dilip Awasthi is called a pillar of journalism. Many journalists have achieved a place under his guidance today.
A phalanx of several erudite journalists, friends and contemporaries of Awasthi recalled him with utmost respect. As a media giant of Awasthi’s stature leaves the mortal world, the younger media fraternity will surely miss a chance to learn the ropes under an Editor’s Editor.