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Veteran journalist passes away

Radhakanta Das

Calcutta, June 2: Radhakanta Das, one of the longest-serving journalists of the ABP group and The Telegraph and a witness to multiple phases of sweeping technological changes in journalism, died tonight after a brief illness. He was 83.

Das is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Having joined Hindusthan Standard, an erstwhile English daily, in 1960, Das worked for three publications of the ABP group.

Promoted as sub-editor in 1966 and senior sub-editor in 1976, Das later worked for the Business Standard, which is no longer part of the ABP group, as chief sub-editor. In 1996, he moved to The Telegraph as chief sub-editor.

As one of the founders of the Anandabazar Journalists’ Union, he played an important role in the trade union movement of journalists. He was elected president and general secretary of the union several times.

Das also played a significant role in the trade union movement by journalists at the state and the national levels. He was elected president of the West Bengal Union of Journalists. He was also elected secretary of the National Union of Journalists (India).