The Hush Post| 10:04 pm |one-minute-read|
Veteran journalist Gopinath is no more. Gopinath covered the first general elections in India and had interviewed Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. He died in Chennai on Saturday. He was 88.
Gopinath began his over six-decade long journey in journalism at a time when being a scribe did not come with any glamour quotient.
Gopinath covered India’s first general elections and remained active till the recently-concluded 17th Lok Sabha elections.
He was a quintessential agency journalist and was always on his toes, taking notes and recording stuff, during the most newsworthy moments. Forever, he witnessed the glorious India story unfolding in front of his eyes.
In a picture from the past, he can be seen completely immersed in jotting down notes, standing behind India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri.
A journalist with old world demeanour and a political sharpness that could be the envy of the most seasoned politicians, Gopinath covered the key events from the times of Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Gulzari Lal Nanda and also witnessed the ups and downs of politics in many southern.
According to a report in NDTV, A golden round watch on the left hand, black heavy frame spectacles, tiny unkempt hair and ability to maintain concentration during the most turbulent times were the traits of one of the longest-serving journalists of independent India who had covered the political upheavals in the whole country but always maintained Chennai as his base.
Gopinath not only covered the key national events but also had the opportunity to see world politics change. From the rise and fall of communism in many countries to the expansion of democracies, Gopinath witnessed it all, often having a front-seat view of the most important national and global events.
He was the first Indian journalist who interviewed Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and the long-serving communist leader of the country Fidel Castro.