Award-winning Indian journalist Kamal Khan passes away at 61: Nation pays tribute!

Senior and award-winning Indian journalist Kamal Khan has passed away on Friday - January 14 in Lucknow at the age of 61 due to cardiac arrest. The demise of the veteran reporter had immensely saddened the journalistic industry with scores of journalists and central ministers have been paying tribute to him and expressing condolences to the family of the deceased and the tributes have shown the gravity of the loss. 

Kamal Khan was attached to NDTV and he was the channel's Lucknow bureau chief and has got a greater reputation with his decades-long career and contribution. NDTV has issued a statement in which it has confirmed the demise of Khan and remembered his service. In its statement, the channel said, "He will be remembered as a legendary reporter whose work stood out for its perceptiveness and integrity, and the way in which he delivered hard truths with poetic dexterity." 

Kamal Khan has suffered a massive heart attack on Friday morning while he was at his Lucknow residence. The NDTV further said, "As a news anchor, Kamal was the picture of poise and expertise, and his language was famous for its trademark elegance, a draw in its own right. Most of all, he was a wonderful and generous human being who had only kind words and boundless times for anyone who met him." 

Aman Sharma, a senior journalist has called Kamal Khan a legend. He wrote, "The Legend, Kamal Khan's last PTC (Piece To Camera) - for which he was famous for. This one was just yesterday late evening. He is no more. Life is so fickle. RIP." Sharma had referred to Khan's last reporting and shared a video of his reportage. Khan's last appearance on the television news channel was hours before his death and he spoke about the series of resignations from the BJP ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. 

Kamal Khan was an Executive Editor at NDTV has received several accolades. He was conferred with the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award and he was also bestowed with the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award, which was awarded to him by the President of India. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi wrote, "I am shocked to hear about the demise of veteran and illustrious journalist and a great human being Kamal Khan Sahab. His demise is an irreparable loss to the journalism world. May God give strength to his family and friends to bear his pain. RIP (sic)."

Another Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "We belong to him, & to him, we return. The passing away of senior journalist Sh Kamal Khan Ji is deeply saddening & leaves a huge void. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, admirers, & colleagues. May God give them strength to bear this irreparable loss." Veteran Indian cricketer Suresh Raina wrote, "Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Kamal Khan Ji. Had many opportunities of conversing with him while playing matches for Uttar Pradesh." 

"He was a brilliant reporter & a great human being. May he rest in peace. My condolences to the family", Raina added. In his piece to The Wire, former Delhi University faculty Badri Raina said, "Khan's very presence on the television screen seemed to bring with it an assurance of sanity and enriching tolerance in the middle of so much noisy, illiterate, and sectarian propagation."

"The reassuring poise and weight of his renditions of public events and political trends derived from his exceptional erudition, his deep sense of history, and his ennobling commitment to the highest order of democratic and humanist values", Badri Raina added. In his blog, NDTV News Editor Alok Pandey said, "His loss is a void that I don't think can be filled. The presence of a veteran like Kamal sir in office was reassuring in a high-pressure state like UP- his mere presence would help me soak up a lot of it. Now, with him gone, picking up the pieces will be very, very difficult."