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India: Neelabh Mishra (1960 - 2018) - the ethical and public spirited journalist passes on, he will be widely remembered

24 February 2018

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see here A digital archive of Tributes, Obituaries and Condolences for Neelabh Mishra has been compiled by National Herald

[updated on 27 February 2018]

Newsreport announcing the passing of Neelabh Mishra & some tributes

The Hindu

National Herald editor-in-chief Neelabh Mishra passes away


New Delhi, February 24, 2018

Senior journalist and editor-in-chief of National Herald, Neelabh Mishra, passed away on February 24 at a Chennai Hospital.

He was critically ill and with complications resulting from non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis.
Mr. Mishra, 57, was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai earlier this month, and developed multiple organ failure before a liver transplant could be carried out.
Mr. Mishra steered the re-launch of the National Herald.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi condoled his death, describing him as one who spoke the truth to power. “An editor’s editor. A man who spoke truth to power. An institution builder. On Neelabh Mishra’s tragic passing away this morning, my deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and admirers,” he tweeted.

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From social movement organisations

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24th Feb, 2018

NAPM salutes the life and relentless work of Neelabh Mishra for journalistic justice and human rights

National Alliance of People’s Movements is deeply saddened to know of the untimely demise of our dear friend, veteran journalist and human rights activist, Neelabh Mishra, today in Chennai, after a prolonged battle with liver failure. In so many ways, Neelabh reflected the true spirit of an Indian citizen who believed in, lived and breathed the constitutional values and constantly challenged, through his words, work and wisdom, the narrow confines of ’nationalistic’, divisive and unjust politics.

As the Chief Editor of National Herald and Navjeevan and subsequently as the Editor of Outlook (Hindi) from 2005, Neelabh worked relentlessly and meticulously to bring forth numerable stories that mattered to the masses and marginalized people of the country. With over three decades of commendable work on a wide range of issues, he groomed and guided an entire generation of journalist-activists. A true feminist and partner of multiple people’s platforms, he was deeply committed to truth, fairness and secular values. A widely-read and well-informed person, with command over many languages and also an equally abiding interest in literature, culture and politics, he carried his wisdom very lightly, with immense humility and responsibility.

With the passing away of Neelabh, the world of journalism and conscientious citizenry has lost a brave, self-effacing comrade who had an unflinching faith in the values of constitutional democracy, justice and equality of all beings. In the times that we are living in, where sections of the media shrill-mouth only the interests and prejudices of corporates and fascist political forces, Neelabh stood out like a rock and never for once drifted away from the spirit of progressive politics and journalistic ethics of pro-people, secular values.

On behalf of all saathis in NAPM, we extend our most sincere condolences to human rights activist and long time co-traveller, Kavita Srivastava, who has constantly been by Neelabh in the past many months, as he fought bravely against his illness. We will sorely miss him and his brilliance, but re-commit ourselves to the values he cherished and lived, all his life. His work has been and would be a guiding spirit to a generation of young journalists and activists who we know and hope would carry and keep the torch aglow.

  • Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)
  • Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Shankar Singh, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM
  • Prafulla Samantara, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, and NAPM, Odisha
  • P. Chennaiah, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union-APVVU and National Centre For Labour and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Binayak Sen and Kavita Srivastava, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)
  • Gabriele Dietrich, Penn UrimayIyakkam, Madurai and NAPM (Tamilnadu)
  • Geetha Ramakrishnan, Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, (Tamilnadu)
  • Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party and NAPM, Uttar Pradesh
  • Sister Celia, Domestic Workers Union, and NAPM, Karnataka
  • Maj Gen (Retd)S.G.Vombatkere, Mysuru, NAPM, Karnataka
  • Arundhati Dhuru, Manesh Gupta, NAPM, Uttar Pradesh
  • Vilayodi Venugopal, CR Neelakandan and Prof.Kusumam NAPM, Kerala
  • Anand Mazgaonkar andKrishnakant, ParyavaranSuraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat
  • Ramakrishnam Raju, United Forum for RTI and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Vimal Bhai, MatuJansangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand
  • Dayamani Barla, Aadivasi-MoolnivasiAstivtva Raksha Samiti, NAPM Jharkhand
  • Dr.Sunilam and Adv. Aradhna Bhargava, KisanSangharsh Samiti, and NAPM, Madhya Pradesh
  • Samar Bagchi andAmitavaMitra, NAPM West Bengal
  • Suniti SR, SuhasKolhekar, and Prasad Bagwe, NAPM Maharashtra
  • Basant Kumar Hetamsaria and Ashok Verma, NAPM Jharkhand
  • Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan
  • Gautam Bandopadhyay, NAPM, Chhattisgarh
  • Anjali Bharadwaj, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM
  • Kaladas Dahariya, RELAA, Chhatisgarh
  • Meera Sanghamitra, NAPM Telangana-Andhra Pradesh
  • Bhupender Singh Rawat, Jan SangharshVahini, NAPM, Delhi
  • Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM Haryana
  • J S Walia, NAPM Haryana
  • Lingraj Azad, Samajwadi Jan Parishad,Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, and NAPM, Odisha
  • Guruwant Singh, NAPM Punjab
  • Richa Singh, Sangatin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, NAPM Uttar Pradesh
  • Arul Doss, NAPM (Tamilnadu)
  • Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand
  • Sister Dorothy, NAPM Bihar
  • Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, and NAPM Bihar
  • Mahendra Yadav, Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar
  • Bilal Khan, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai and NAPM
  • Rajendra Ravi, Nanhu Prasad, Madhuresh Kumar, Sunita Rani, Amit Kumar, Himshi Singh, Uma, NAPM, Delhi
  • Aaquib Zabed Mazumder, Rajesh Serupally, NAPM, Telangana – Andhra Pradesh

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Select tributes by journalists, colleagues and friends

The Editor who wasn’t afraid to question Samir Jain in his first job, or Narendra Modi in his last by Krishna Prasad (24 February 2018)

RIP Neelabh Mishra: We Are All In The Gutter But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars by Seema Mustafa (24 February, 2018)

Neelabh Mishra, a man whose work spoke for him by Om Thanvi (Feb 24th 2018)

Neelabh Mishra, my mentor, my friend by Bhasha Singh (Feb 24th 2018)

Neelabh merges in sunshine, water, sand and air becoming the vast the ocean he was by Kavita Srivastava (February 26, 2018)