Uttarakhand, Press Club of India and the journalist fraternity has lost a true friend, senior journalist and a well known activist fighting for the peoples’ cause today.
Avtar Negi who served in Press Trust of India, a reputed news agency ” BHASHA” for several decades as a senior journalist breathed his last on Friday at a Delhi Preet Vihar’s Metro Heart hospital where he was admitted just two days ago after complaining of chest pain n stiffness.
We had never heard about Negi suffering from any cardiac complication earlier and was hale and hearty. I had interacted with him just few days ago when he was leaving for Oddissa with some work for a day or two and casually advised him to be careful about his health in the winter season not knowing that his sad demise will shock us all. Avtar Negi was a progressive journalist never compromising on values and secular credentials and would always take a clear stand on issues of peoples’ interest.
He never deviated from his left oriented bent of mind having been earliar associated with CPI during his young days, later joining the mainstream journalism having served in Bhasha PTI and Doordarshan in the news section with Rajendra Dhasmaji and in German Radio for a long time.
He was extremely active in the Press Club of India being its office bearer earlier and always active in its management committee elections as well highly reverred by one and all. Founder of Uttarakhand Patrakar Parishadas as well, Avtar Negi was also associated with issues of Uttarakhand having been extremely active in separate Uttarakhand movement and struggle for Gairsain to be made the permanent capital of Uttarakhand.
He also wrote extensively on Uttarakhand movement giving the Andolan tremendous impetus. A thorough gentleman, with affable mixing nature and always socio politically active full of energy, Avtar Negi’s untimely passing away has left a huge void in the journalistic fraternity very difficult to be filled. May the departed soul rest in peace. Uttarakhand Journalists Forum expressed its heartfelt n deepest condolences to the bereaved family and pays its richest tributes to the departed soul.
I am deeply moved to hear this tragic news of the untimely death of my friend of decades. A huge loss to the journalistic fraternity and the society as a whole. His shocking absence will always be felt deeply. I m speechless. My deepest condolences and richest heartfelt tributes to the departed soul with prayers to Almighty to give Sharan at His feet. RIP. Om Shanti