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Senior journalist Gauri Shankar Kalita passes away
Senior journalist of Assam Gauri Shankar Kalita died of massive cardiac arrest at his Guwahati residence on June 9, at the age of 55. He was acclaimed for his uncompromising and investigative journalism for the last two decades.
GAURI SHANKAR Kalita, a popular name in the field of journalism in Assam passed away untimely on Wednesday (June 9) at his Guwahati residence following a massive cardiac arrest. He was 55 years of age at the time of demise.
 
Gauri Shankar Kalita took up journalism as profession after renouncing a state government job at the Assam State Warehousing Corporation in the early nineties. Since then it was no looking back for him as he launched a crusade in the arena of hard-hitting journalism.

Apart from numerous accolades that he received during his chequered career, Kalita was also awarded the ML Kath Baruah Award for investigative journalism. Kalita had indepth knowledge of myriad issues relating to the ethnic tribes not only of Assam but the entire North-east. Gauri Shankar Kalita as a journalist was instrumental in raising pertinent issues in the proper perspective relating to the state of Assam. Having exhaustive cognition and understanding of the problems plaguing the state, he was able to create a public opinion through his writings. His untimely demise will find it hard to fill this void.

At the time of his death he was the editor of the Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh edition of ‘The Sentinel’, one of the leading dailies of the region from which he had started his journalistic career two decades back. In between he had brief stints with another English daily, ‘The North East Times’ and leading Assamese daily, ‘Janasadharan’ as their editor. He has to his credit two published books. Kalita was also associated with several periodicals and publications where he rendered commendable services through his thought-provoking writings.

An outstanding passout from the prestigious Ramkrishna Mission School, Deogarh previously in Bihar and now in Jharkhand, Kalita completed his graduation with Honours in Zoology from the coveted Cotton College in Guwahati. Born in 1955, at Sarupathar in Golaghat district of Eastern Assam, Kalita leaves behind his wife who is a college lecturer, mother and other siblings. 

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