Bhubaneswar, May 29: Veteran journalist and author Basant Das has succumbed to Covid-19 on Friday. He was 81.
According to reports, 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.
Senior journalist Rabi Das has expressed his grief over the death of the journalist and author and said, “Odisha’s seniormost journalist and author Basanta Das has left us forever due to covid. He was a great soul and as his books on political history of Odisha will guide the journalists and researchers for ever.RIP”