NDTV Veteran Kamal Khan Dies; “Big Loss For Journalism,” Say Leaders


New Delhi:

NDTV’s Kamal Khan, a veteran journalist known for his deep insights into Uttar Pradesh politics and elegant language, died at his home in Lucknow this morning after suffering a heart attack.

Kamal was with NDTV for over three decades.

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.

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 time for anyone who met him.

We at NDTV, and all those who knew him, are deeply maimed by this giant loss, and it is with regret we share his last report – on the high-profile exits of BJP MLAs ahead of the UP Assembly election.

His passing has been mourned by fellow reporters, those who relied on him for the news, and the political leaders his reportage covered and held to account.

“Shocked to hear about the passing away of senior journalist Kamal Khanji. I met him just a few days ago and we discussed many thing. He kept alive the values of truth and public interest in journalism. My deepest condolences to his family members” – Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“The news of the sudden demise of renowned TV journalist Kamal Khan, associated with NDTV, is a very sad loss to journalism. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May God give everyone the strength to bear this sorrow…” – BSP leader and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati.

This is very sad. The sudden demise of famous journalist Kamal Khan ji is a big loss for the world of journalism. I pray to God to give his family strength to bear this loss. My humble tribute…” – Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“We belong to Him and to Him we return. The passing away of senior journalist Kamal Khan ji is deeply saddening and leaves a huge void. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, admirers & colleagues. May God give them strength to bear this irreparable loss” – Housing and Urban Affairs Minister and Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

“It is very sad to hear about the demise of eminent journalist Kamal Khan ji… my deepest condolences. Praying to God to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this loss” – Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.

“Received the news of the sad demise of senior and renowned journalist Kamal Khan. My condolences to the family. May God give him a place at his feet and strength to his family to bear this sorrow” – former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of a friend and senior journalist Kamal Khan saheb. Many of my talks with him were very refreshing. There was poetry in his reporting… with a gentle but unmatched grip on facts. Will miss hearing ‘Kamal Khan from Lucknow, for NDTV India’,” – former Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MP Raj Babbar.

“Deeply saddened and shocked to hear about journalist Kamal Khan. He will be remembered for covering UP in his unique lucknawi andaaz of reporting” – BJP leader Jitin Prasada.

“Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Kamal Khan. A rock solid journalist (and) a great human being. Life is so unpredictable. Prayers for his soul and strength to his family and friends in this hour of grief” – Congress leader Supriya Shrinate.

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