Arabinda Ghose breathed his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on November 13, where he was admitted on October 30. He was 82. He was cremated at the Lodhi Estate crematorium in the presence of many senior journalists. He is survived by his wife and a son.
Arabinda Ghose had long journalist career and worked with many newspapers. He worked for Motherland, Organiser, Hindusthan Samachar and also with the Hindustan Times. He was a correspondent of Hindustan Samachar at Kathmandu, Nepal, for long time before shifting to the Motherland and then served Hindustan Times as special correspondent, where he was widely respected for his coverage of agriculture and railways. After retiring from the Hindustan Times he served as editor of BJP magazine, Kamal Sandesh, as its founding editor. He was also founding member of the National Union of Journalists, India. Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra had felicitated him on Narad Jayanti recognising his contribution in the field of journalism.
After his death many organisations and individuals paid him rich tribute. His expertisation on several issues like agriculture and railways was also applauded. He was bedridden for more than a year. He was not only asthmatic but also had other medical complications. A month back he was diagnosed tumour in his stomach, which adversely affected his body. The doctors had refused to operate as he was too weak to bear the surgery.
I knew Ghoseji for the last two decades and my acquaintance with him increased during monthly Patrakar Milan at Keshav Kunj. I met him before this Deepavali. His condition was deteriorating day-by-day and he was in acute financial crisis. Former Organiser editor Dr R Balashankar arranged substantial financial support for his treatment. We on behalf of Organiser also arranged some financial help for him. Rather than the amount a sense of security was clearly visible on his face when he received it. He had a cup of tea with two pieces of bread after several days. One more fact which cannot be ignored is that he was sincerely looked after his long time servant Ashok and his wife even without expecting anything, because none from Ghose’s family was with him at that time. —Pramod Kumar
| Punjab Vishwanath is no more
Former RSS Pracharak Vishwanath, popularly known as ‘Punjab Vishwanath’ passed away in Mangalore on November 8. He served as RSS Pracharak for 14 years in Punjab, hence he was recognised popularly as ‘Punjab’ Vishwanath in Mangaluru. Prant Sanghachalak Shri M Venkataramu and Prant Karyavah Shri N Tippeswamy expressed condolences on the demise of Vishwanathji.
Tribute to V Sundaram
Noted scholar, author-writer and contributor to Organiser, V Sundaram passed away on November 8 at his residence in Chennai. He served with distinction in several high positions in Tamil Nadu Government from 1966 to 1994. In his tribute RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale said. “An ardent crusader for the cause of Hindutva, Sundaramji kept himself active even in the ripe age, which is an inspiration for the young generation. His razor sharp analysis of historical events and present scenario made many rethink about their views and persuasions. His series of essays on Shri Guruji Golwalkar was a grand narrative of the Sangh history and ideology.