A fine, principled Delhi journalist, a friend of the Pereira family, especially Winin’s son Ashok and daughters Aruna and Vinita, is mourned today.
APB News Bureau writes: “Broadcast Editors’ Association condolences on the sad demise of senior journalist and Editor-in-chief of News X Jehangir Pocha. It is big loss to the world of TV journalism. Jehangir was a dear colleague of ours and was a guiding force in BEA’s activities.”
The Hindustan Times: A warm and outgoing person who had mentored many younger journalists, Pocha was active in all forms of media. Till late on Friday evening, he was engaged in light banter about political issues, including reactions to the budget, with followers and friends.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Pocha would be remembered as a leading voice on TV, print and social media. “Shocked and saddened to hear about Jehangir Pocha’s demise. My condolences to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace,” Modi said on Twitter. “His frank and insightful views on issues will be missed,” the Prime Minister said in another tweet.
Govind Ethiraj, financial journalist and digital entrepreneur, tweeted “RIP wonderful guy, India’s best China journalist, great writer.”
Indian Television Online: Former IBN18 editor in chief Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted, “Deep condolences to family of Jehangir Pocha. Life is transient, but was lived well. RIP”
Senior news TV journalist Dibang tweeted: “Oh suddenly @JehangirPocha passes away #RIP Life is transient, can end suddenly; we plan for future, now is the only moment we have: #Kabir
Colors TV CEO Raj Nayak had this to say in his tweet: “A friend who tweeted 10 hrs ago, who came to meet me few days back to discuss his future plans is suddenly no more @JehangirPocha RIP #Life“.
Jehangir Pocha was born in Mumbai and read Economics in 1990, followed by an MBA in Marketing in 1992 from the SP Jain Institute, Mumbai University. Later he took a Masters in Public Administration, Media and foreign policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His marketing career included stints with FTP software as Director and with Unisys as a marketing executive in US and Singapore. Later he ‘went back to school’ and became the Beijing correspondent for the Boston Globe, 2003-2007. His next move was to edit Businessworld. He then co-founded IndiMedia Pvt Ltd, and became editor in chief of NewsX TV.
From a recent and significant email message: “In the last two years I have overcome my own confusion and clearly understood how a nation that is so rich in resources and talent has been so backward and poor for so many centuries. The struggles of the underclass are always the same in societies that don’t embrace serious, efficient social democracy. Capitalistic and traditional societies are just not desirous of universal progress. This outright rejection of people by the wider berth of society is the root cause of almost all our problems. In India it is caste, and abroad it is class, isn’t it?!”
Some of this year’s articles:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jehangir-s-pocha/america-wage-india_b_5168110.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jehangir-s-pocha/india-censorship_b_4832838.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jehangir-s-pocha/india-rapist-pity_b_4732927.html –