Veteran journalist Shamji Koul passes away

Death Widely Condoled


New Delhi, Jan 7: Veteran journalist Sham Koul passed away here on Monday. He was 82. His end came at his daughter’s house where he had been staying after coming from Jammu. Popularly known as Shamji among his friends and admirers, he is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter who is also a journalist.
Koul was suffering from heart ailment and had been hospitalized but returned to his daughter's house in East Delhi a few days back. He was recuperating well and was in high spirits and the end came suddenly, his son-in-law C L Manoj, a senior journalist, said. His daughter Gargi Koul is a news editor with the Hindustan Times.
Before his end came, Koul was busy with his grandchildren. He then fell asleep. After some time when his daughter brought him a cup of tea, Koul didn’t respond, the family members said.
Koul's body was kept for sometime at the premises of Link Apartments in East Delhi for his friends and admirers to pay last respects. Later he was cremated in the evening.
An alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University in Psychology and Islamic History, Shamji started his career in publishing from Mumbai wherefrom he shifted to Srinagar in early 60s.
He reported for papers like Qaumi Awaz and National Herald and for radio and television for about 50 years.
The death has been widely condoled all across the State.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed grief over the demise of the veteran journalist, describing him a reputed and popular media person who made his mark in journalist fraternity.
In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said that in the demise of Sham Koul the State has lost a noble soul and a journalist of high caliber. He conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has expressed shock at the demise. In a statement, Azad hailed Shamji’s contribution to Kashmir journalism over the years.
President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee Prof Saifuddin Soz has also expressed shock at the demise. “Sham Koul was a journalist who exhibited professional ethics throughout his life and he never believed in sensationalism and cheap popularity,” Prof Soz said. “He had tremendous command over his pen and he had also lot of patience for investigating the story in depth to reach the truth. His passing away is a great loss to the media fraternity,” Prof Soz said.
Peoples Democratic Party has condoled the death. The party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti have conveyed their deep sympathies to the family of Shamji.
In a statement, the leaders said Sham Koul had made a significant contribution to news reporting from Kashmir during his association with radio and print media. His demise, they said, would make his numerous friends feel bereaved.
The party chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar has also expressed sorrow at the passing away of Koul, who reported for decades from Srinagar.
Minister for Rural Development, Ali Muhammad Sagar, and CPI (M) General Secretary and MLA Kulgam, M. Y. Tarigami, have expressed grief over the demise.
In their condolence messages, they said that Koul was a reputed and popular media person who made his mark in journalist fraternity. They conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, has condoled the demise. In his condolence message, Rana highlighted the qualities of Shamji and described him a noble soul and a veteran journalist who contributed a lot to journalism in the State.
A condolence meeting was also held at the Directorate of Information to pay respects to the departed soul. The speakers hailed the contribution of Koul in enriching the journalism profession with his incisive reporting and in-depth analysis.
Addressing the meeting, Director Information Zaffar Ahmad said in his death, the Department has lost a valued colleague, comrade and critic. He said in his six-decade long career, Sham Koul had made a significant contribution to news reporting from Kashmir both in print and electronic media. His demise, he said, has created a void very difficult to fill.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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