Vinod Dua dies at 67; he made Hindi tv cool, road meals attractive

Vinod Dua

Vinod Dua, a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, was affected by post-Covid problems

Vinod Dua

New Delhi: The pioneering and anti-establishment tv journalist, and a strolling encyclopaedia on India’s culinary secrets and techniques, Vinod Dua, handed away on Saturday, months after he misplaced his spouse, the well-known radiologist Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua, throughout the peak of the pandemic earlier this 12 months.

Vinod Dua, a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, was affected by post-Covid problems and was 67 on the time of his demise.

Most not too long ago, Dua was within the information when the Supreme Court invoked its 1962 judgment within the Kedar Nath Singh case to quash the cost of sedition introduced in opposition to him beneath Part 124A of the Indian Penal Code by a BJP MLA in Himachal Pradesh. Dua had been accused of constructing feedback essential of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sharing the information of his demise on Instagram, Mallika Dua, Vinod and Chinna Dua’s comedienne daughter, wrote:

“He lived an inimitable life, rising from the refugee colonies of Delhi to the height of journalistic excellence for over 42 years, all the time, all the time talking fact to energy.”

A era has grown up seeing Vinod Dua, again in 1974, anchoring ‘Yuva Manch’, Doordarshan’s fashionable programme for younger folks within the age of black-and-white tv.


This era remembers the nice and cozy, affable and politically outspoken Vinod Dua as the primary tv persona to make Hindi ‘cool’, lengthy earlier than the late S.P. Singh and Udayan Sharma turned the bridges between Lutyens’s Delhi and the Hindi heartland.

Pals keep in mind him for loving meals and favorite whisky, and bringing even the stiffest get together to life by breaking right into a track within the rustic Saraiki dialect. It’s spoken at Dera Ismail Khan in present-day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, which his mother and father needed to depart as refugees.

Echoing the emotions of the legion of buddies of the Duas, Mallika wrote in her tribute:

“He’s now with our mother, his beloved spouse Chinna, in heaven, the place they may proceed to sing, prepare dinner, journey and drive one another up the wall.”

Though Vinod Dua was well-known as a Hindi journalist, he studied English Literature at Hans Raj School, Delhi College, and even did a Grasp’s in it, however he was a pure storyteller and the language that he was most articulate in was Hindi.

After stints with the Sutradhar group on the Shri Ram theatre and outings as a road theatre artiste, Dua turned one of many earliest faces of tv in India, beginning with ‘Yuva Manch’, which he co-anchored with Manoj Raghuvanshi.

He was additionally related to the Satellite tv for pc Educational Tv Experiment (SITE), which laid the muse for the enlargement of tv throughout India, and in 1981, he turned the face of ‘Aap Ke Liye’, the Sunday journal programme for households on Doordarshan.

Dua turned a family title when he co-presented, along with the then little-known psephologist Prannoy Roy, the first-of-their-kind election evaluation reveals on tv — Doordarshan but once more — in 1984. Viewers nonetheless keep in mind him fondly for making Roy’s “swings” intelligible in plain Hindi with a splash of prepared humour.

Thereafter, in 1987, Dua began anchoring ‘Janvani’, a programme that was symbolic of the early glasnost of the Rajiv Gandhi period, the place common folks (the ‘aam admi’) bought to ask questions of ministers.

That was a short-lived programme, however Dua went on to anchor and produce a sequence of present affairs programmes on totally different tv channels.

The one which made him well-known over again, nevertheless, was NDTV India’s ‘Zaika India Ka’, which noticed him travelling across the nation, discovering road meals gems, mithai retailers and dhabas, making the house owners of a few of them nationally well-known and wealthy. Many of those locations nonetheless carry framed images of Dua’s having fun with an excellent meal with their house owners.

Within the current previous, Dua was attracting the ire of the ruling dispensation along with his 10-minute ‘Jan Gan Man Ki Baat’ podcasts on a preferred information web site.

He was trolled for lashing out at Bollywood star Akshay Kumar for making lewd feedback on Mallika Dua throughout a shoot of ‘The Nice Indian Laughter Problem’. And he was additionally accused of sexual harassment by the ‘Gulabi Gang’ director Nishtha Jain in a Fb submit — the cost died a pure demise after Vinod Dua defended himself in opposition to it.

In the long run, Vinod Dua will dwell within the public reminiscence not just for placing Hindi on the map of Indian tv, and for bringing India’s road meals riches to the drawing rooms of tv viewers, but additionally for being rooted within the noblest values of fine journalism. He can even be remembered as an excellent man and a pricey good friend with a heat and welcoming smile.

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