“I am deeply saddened hearing about passing away of veteran journalist and political analyst Basant Das. He was a unique personality. Books written by him, based on his vast experience on Odisha politics, have earned acceptability among readers. I express my condolences to the bereaved family and pray for the soul to rest in peach,” tweeted the Union Minister.
Notably, Das succumbed to the coronavirus while undergoing treatment in a private hospital here. He was 81.
Born on January 2, 1940 in Baisi Mouza’s Maindipur village under Biridi block of Jagatsinhgpur district, Das had done post-graduation in Political Science from Ravenshaw College. Later, he did LLB in Madhusudhan Law College, Cuttack.
From his college days he was active in political sphere and he started his career in Journalism with Eastern Times in the year 1965. Since then, he joined the mainstream media.
Since early 2000 he was independently writing columns for various newspapers and written many books on politics, political personalities, political history of the State.
‘Political History of Modern Odisha’ and “Platinum Jubilee of Odisha Politics, written by him, have been well accepted by readers.
He was a caring and loving personality with positive vibes and had been always helping the fellow colleagues.
Among others, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and PCC president Niranjan Patnaik have condoled his sad demise.