Vinod Dua, Who Formed My Profession And So Many Others’


June, 1992. I stroll into Vinod Dua’s administrative center for an interview as a summer time intern. My mom and Mr Dua’s spouse, Dr Padmavati, labored at a charitable health facility in combination. An opportunity dialog between them ended in this internship. The internship used to be supposed to make productive use of my summer time holiday. Little did I understand it would trade the process my lifestyles.

Mr Dua peered over his spectacles closely – a glance {that a} technology raised on Doordarshan used to be acquainted with. Right here I used to be, face-to-face with the charismatic anchor who had blazed a trail for himself via fearless journalism, highbrow firepower, verbal artistry and an out of this world connect to audience. He learn my CV aloud with a tone of bemusement: Head Woman, School President, Elocution, Dramatics, Debate. I iced up, questioning if it used to be sufficient. He chuckled, “It could be such amusing to be in university once more.”

The ones have been the times when there used to be no non-public information channel in India. Mr Dua used to be generating a programme for Doordarshan at the anniversary of the Narasimha Rao govt. He had taken up a brief administrative center house on Barakhamba Street in Delhi. As an intern, I needed to line up interviews with ministers and professionals; his manufacturers and he could be out all day, filming. The programme used to be a luck and Mr Dua bagged a long-term contract for a weekly news-magazine, ‘Parakh’. He introduced me a task as information coordinator, and I discovered myself switching occupation paths from pursuing Regulation to Journalism.

After internship, Gauri Datta labored as a information coordinator for Vinod Dua’s weekly news-magazine, ‘Parakh.

The following few weeks have been devoted to finding a extra everlasting administrative center house and hanging in combination a group for ‘Parakh’. As a newbie within the box, it used to be a privilege to peer one of the best newshounds up shut and really feel the frenzy of stories occasions. Observing Mr Dua in his anchor and interviewer avatar used to be gripping – with out a auto-cue, he would discuss immediately into the digital camera, by no means fumbling, seldom moving into for a 2d take. I watched with amazement as he interviewed other folks in energy, asking uncomfortable questions in his measured voice, by no means mincing phrases, by no means fazed.

His presence used to be mythical. On shoots, not unusual other folks would have a look at him star-struck, and he would reply with a way of ease and familiarity, having risen from refugee colonies. Responding to his diminutive body, a fan in North Block as soon as exclaimed, embarrassingly, “Itna bada aadmi aur itna chhota kath“. Mr Dua laughed it off good-humoredly, a twinkle in his eye.

A music-lover to the core. The track machine used to be an integral a part of the boss’s room.  A vibrant reminiscence is of him studying the newspaper together with his little daughter on his lap, tapping his ft to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The person who may just stare down any flesh presser additionally had a razor-sharp wit and an eclectic love for poetry and literature.

The following few months would form Indian historical past and politics irrevocably – the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December, adopted by way of the Mumbai serial blasts of 1993. Coordinating the protection whilst soaking up the magnitude of the occasions used to be, for a straight-out-of-college teen like me, life-changing. We have been at the sidelines of historical past – actually looking at it spread, looking to make sense of all of it.


NDTV’s Prannoy Roy with Vinod Dua all over a panel dialogue at the counting day for the eleventh Lok Sabha elections.

Nearly 30 years later, the sector is a unique position. From handiest DD Information again then, there is a plethora of stories channels and a line-up of big name anchors now. From tedious enhancing on umatic tapes again then, now there is the fewer bulky non-linear enhancing. From having to ship riders to the airport to fetch tales despatched by way of outstation newshounds, there are are living hyperlinks and OB trucks lately. From sitting in libraries pouring over analysis, it is all a click on away on Google now.

I believed I would proportion my 30-year milestone with Mr Dua in June subsequent yr, instrumental as he used to be in opening the sector of journalism to me. My mom and his spouse, whose likelihood dialog landed me the internship, are each long gone. Now, he is long gone as smartly. The outdated order, our once-familiar global, all fading away.

Prannoy Roy, the trailblazing psephologist and Vinod Dua’s co-anchor at the maximum landmark election presentations, and my boss for just about 19 years, is likely one of the few hyperlinks to the sector I as soon as knew. Their election research with the seamless transition from English to Hindi saved a country riveted. There will by no means be a group like theirs once more. Election research won’t ever be the similar once more.

Vinod Dua, the unique mass communicator, long gone with out a log off.

(Gauri Datta Gupta is Managing Editor, NDTV 24×7)

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