Bhubaneswar, May 29: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today expressed deep grief over the demise of veteran journalist and author Basant Das.
“Das was well-known as a columnist and political analyst. He had been active in the journalism for more than half a century. He will be remembered for his contribution to the field of literature and journalism,” the CM said.
The veteran journalist and author succumbed to Covid-19 on Friday. He was 81. Das had tested positive for the virus and was admitted to a private Covid hospital in Bhubaneswar. However, he breathed his last while undergoing at the private hospital late on Friday night.
Das has written as many as 16 books including his recent book ‘Political History of Modern Odisha’. He had also won the Odisha Sahitya Academy Award for ‘Je Desh Jai Se Phala Khai’.
A pall of gloom descended among the media fraternity due to his sudden demise of the veteran journalist.