Veteran journalist Vinod Dua, 67, passed away on Saturday, announced his Mallika Dua on her Instagram page. She wrote, “Our irreverent, fearless and extraordinary father, Vinod Dua has passed away. He lived an inimitable life, rising from the refugee colonies of Delhi to the peak of journalistic excellence for over 42 years, always, always speaking truth to power. He is now with our mom, his beloved wife Chinna in heaven where they will continue to sing, cook, travel and drive each other up the wall.”
She had earlier informed that he was in a critical condition and had been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a few days now. He had survived a severe Covid-19 infection earlier this year. Unfortunately his wife, Dr Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua who had also contracted Covid at the same time, succumbed in June.
Vinod Dua had been in fragile health for a while now, and was recently hospitalised when his condition deteriorated. He was moved to the ICU of Apollo Hospital on Monday.
Known as one of the pioneers of TV journalism in India, Vinod Dua had worked with Doordarshan and NDTV for years, and had then done shows on other TV channels and most recently was a regular on online news portals till his health allowed.
He had remained active on social media and shared his health updates as he recovered from Covid-19 at home. Dua is survived by daughters, Bakul Dua, a clinical psychologist, and Mallika Dua, a comedian and actor.
He will be cremated on December 5 at Delhi’s Lodhi road crematorium at noon.