Shyam Koul No More, Death Widely Mourned


JAMMU: Veteran journalist of State, Mr. Shyam Kaul passed away this morning at New Delhi. He was not keeping well for some time. 

An alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University in Psychology and Islamic History, Shyam Ji as he was affectionately known, started his career in publishing from Mumbai wherefrom he shifted to Srinagar in early 60s. He reported for papers like Qaumi Awaz and National Herald and even for Radio and Television for about sixty years.

Of late, though he had taken off from active journalism, he was regularly writing columns for Kashmir Times.   

The death of Mr. Shyam Koul has widely been condoled all across the State. 

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the demise of Koul describing him a reputed and popular media person who made his mark in journalist fraternity.

 In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said that in the demise of Sham Koul the State has lost a noble soul and a journalist of high calibre. He conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.

Peoples Democratic Party has condoled the death of veteran journalist Shyam Kaul. The party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti have conveyed their deep sympathies to the family of Shyam Ji.

In a statement the party leaders said Shyam Kaul had made a significant contribution to news reporting from Kashmir during his association with Radio and print media. His demise, they said would make his numerous friends feel bereaved.

The party chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar has also expressed sorrow at the passing away of Shyam Kaul a leading journalist who reported for decades from Srinagar. He has expressed solidarity with the bereaved family, especially Mrs Kaul.

A condolence meeting was also held at the Directorate of Information to pay respects to the departed soul. The speakers hailed the contribution of Mr. Koul in enriching the journalism profession with his incisive reporting and indepth analyses.

Addressing the meeting, Director Information, Mr. Zaffar Ahmad said in his death, the Department has lost a valued colleague, comrade and critic. He said in his six decade long career, Mr. Shyam Koul had made a significant contribution to news reporting from Kashmir both in print and electronic media. His demise, he said, has created a void very difficult to fill. 

Zaffar Ahmad conveyed sympathies to the family of Mr. Shyam Kaul, particularly his daughter Ms. Gargi Koul, National Affairs Editor, Hindustan Times.

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