Journalist-academician Sunit Mukherjee dead

January 22nd, 2012 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) Renowned journalist and academician Sunit Kumar Mukherjee died following a massive cerebral attack at a South Kolkata nursing home Saturday night, family sources said Sunday. He was 86.

Mukherjee, a Rotary scholar from the University of Missouri, left behind his wife, a son and a daughter.

Starting his journalism career as the Kolkata correspondent of the weekly magazine Current, Mukherjee rose to become the assistant editor of the Amrita Bazar Patrika.

He joined Calcutta University as a lecturer in 1962, and became its first full timer in subsequent years. Later, he had a long stint as departmental head before retiring in 1992.

Mukherjee’s body was consigned to flames at the Keoratala Burning Ghat Sunday. A large number of veteran journalists, Mukherjee’s students and other eminent persons paid their last respect at the crematorium as well at his residence in Gariahat.

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