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Missing a Real Journalist

Afroz Alam Sahil, BeyondHeadlines

It is been three years since My beloved Bettiah Journalist Prakash Chand Dubey left the world, but there is not a single day when I do not find him close to me.

His warm words of inspiration, wise words of advices, sometimes angry words of a guide always echo in my ears and make me miss his physical presence.

I remember long tea sessions with him in which we discussed politics and issues of areas bordering Nepal.

I can’t define personality of Late Prakash Chand Dubey, who died of a heart attack on this same day three years back, in words but can only show in my work. A Journalist of great caliber, always doing stories that matter to the people and never giving up to any kind of pressure.

Being a senior, sometimes he was like a father, other times a brother and most of times a friend who shared all his feelings without any hesitation.

I always felt the loss of his sad demise. He is survived by his wife, Son Reetu Raj Dubey and daughter Ruchika Rani. Both of them are studying in Delhi. His son wants to be and advocate while daughter is preparing to become a doctor.

Late Prakash Chand Dubey has also started a local Magazine Terai Tarang to raise local issues and bring local problems to National Focus. The Magazine with focus on corruption related issues has caused many sleepless nights to corrupts but his tragic demise caused irreplaceable loss and the magazine could not be continued further.

He was one of those few journalists who have left charm of power centers like state or national capitals and chosed dusty roads leading to villages.

On his third death anniversary i met his family. Nothing but only hope can replace grief of loosing a family member, and I am happy to see that his two children are now hope of the family and they are working really hard to realize his uncompleted dreams.

Dr. P.C. Dubey (born in 1957 in West Champaran dist. of Bihar state), a law graduate, was a master in fields of his choice. He got doctorate in international politics from Delhi based Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a post graduate diploma in journalism from Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).

 

He worked in Radio, Photo and Print Journalism covering north India and the bordering countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet (China), Bangladesh and Myanmar.

He contributed to many media organisations including German Radio, US based Free Speech Radio News (FSRN), Thailand based Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), and Ahamadabad based magazine, Commodity Market. As a reputed journalist he won three UCA News awards for excellence in feature writing and reporting. His connection with Bettiah and its culture was always reflected in his reporting.

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