Gopal Mishra Breathed His Last: Lost is a Jewel of Journalism

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa is snatched off her jewel in journalism as Gopal Mishra breathed his last this evening in a private but referral Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Minimum ten years senior to me in this profession, he was very sharp and precise in application of his mind to every burning issue and noteworthy event of Orissa, but was always a man with a perfect sense of proportion.

Most dignified in personal dealings, he was embodiment of magnanimity that journalism stands for.

We worked together for trade union rights of working journalists and also parted our ways on difference in perception of labour activism; but despite this, he was such a person that this difference had never affected our mutual friendship.

His journalism was addressed to Orissa’s development. But dovetailed with it was Orissa’s culture.

It is, at the moment, impossible to find another Gopal Mishra in Orissa.

Journalism has lost an invaluable jewel.

Journalist Gopal Mishra passes away

Eminent journalist Gopal Mishra is no more, but the power and conviction of his pen that touched millions of Oriyas shall be always missed.

A journalist and columnist of national repute, Mr Mishra had served the collective conscience of the country for over 50 years. For his invaluable contributions, he was bestowed with many prestigious awards and recognition during his lifetime, including “Sambadika Gourab” and “Udaynath Sarangi Award”.

Orissamatters deeply mourns the great and irreparable loss, and conveys heartfelt condolence to his bereaved family members and to his beloved readers.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

When misrule gives birth to anarchy, what should artists, authors and journalists do? You can have a glimpse of that by watching what Nishan Editor Lenin Kumar and his colleagues, Dhananjaya Lenka and Rabi Jena have done.

When a State falls in the hands of oppressors that torture progressive writers as they have done to Lenin and his team, what should the men of letters, journalists and authors, the conscience-keepers of the society do without disturbing whatever little tranquility is left?

You can find that out in visiting the unique event Bhubaneswar witnessed in front of the official residence of the Governor of Orissa on December 11, 2008.
Mark the picture and you get it.

The cream of Orissa’s intelligentsia demonstrated its wrath over oppressive police actions against the progressive trio by the participants gagging their own mouths with black cloths before the Raj Bhawan, from where a delegation of them also went to the Governor and apprised him of the official mischief while urging upon him to intervene in order to protect freedom of expression.

We, in these pages, have discussed the matter in-depth on December 10, 2008.

Surprisingly, in session, the rampart of democracy and the guardian of peoples’ right in the State, the Orissa legislative Assembly, has failed to pay due attention to take stock of this sordid assault on the scribes’ fundamental rights.