Ground Report | New Delhi: Less known facts about Vinod Dua; Veteran journalist Vinod Dua, who was hospitalized with Covid earlier this year, is in the ICU and his daughter, actor-comic Mallika Dua, said on Monday that her condition was “beyond serious”.
“My Papaji is beyond critical in ICU. His health has been deteriorating rapidly since April. He is also unable to accept losing the light of his life. He has lived an extraordinary life and has given us the same. He does not deserve “He is immensely loved and revered and I ask all of you to pray that he will experience as little pain as possible,” wrote Mallika Dua.
Less known facts about Vinod Dua
Before the Indo-Pak partition in 1947, his family lived in Dera Ismail Khan, a town on the tip of South Waziristan, which later came under the influence of the Taliban. In 1947, his family moved to Mathura, where he initially lived for a year in a Dharamsala and moved into a two-room house, which cost him Rs.4/-.
On coming to India, his father started working as a clerk with the Central Bank of India and retired as a branch manager. They then moved to Delhi, where their father closed a furnished house in Karol Bagh as they were in the days of the explorers. But in the evening the lock was found broken with a family settled there.
During his school and college days, Vinod participated in many singing and debate programs and did theater till the mid-1980s. Sutradhar Puppeteer of Shri Ram Center for Art and Culture performed two plays written by Vinod for children. He was a member of the Theater Union, a street theater group that produced and performed plays against social issues like dowry.
Vinod Dua’s Journalism Career
In November 1974, Vinod made his first television appearance in Yuva Manch, a Hindi-language youth programme, which was broadcast on Doordarshan (formerly known as Delhi Television).
he anchored the show ‘Janvani’ (People’s Voice) in 1985, where the common people got a chance to directly question the ministers. The show was the first of its kind.
He was associated with Sahara TV from 2000 to 2003, for which he used to anchor ‘Pratideen and Parakh’. Vinod used to host NDTV India’s program ‘Zaika India Ka’, for which he traveled to cities; blocked by highways, roads; Taste many delicacies from roadside dhabas.
The Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2008.
He started anchoring ‘Jana Gana Mana Ki Baat’ for The Wire Hindi. The show is a 10-minute current affairs program that airs on The Wire’s website where he often criticizes the government, but with essential facts and numbers.