Senior Journalist Jehangir Pocha Dies

Senior Journalist Jehangir Pocha Dies

New Delhi Senior journalistJehangirPocha passed away this morninginGurgaon following a cardiac arrest.MrPocha was Editor-in-Chief when ‘News X’ channel was launched and was currently a senior editorial member of the ITV Group, which controls the channel.News X journalists said Mr Pocha complained of chest pain at his Gurgaon residence and was rushed to a local hospital where he breathed his last at 4.30 am.

He was earlier editor of ‘Business World’ and the China correspondent for the ‘Boston Globe’.

Condoling his demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Mr Pocha will be remembered as a leading voice on TV, print and social media.

“Shocked saddened to hear about Jehangir Pocha’s demise. My condolences to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace,” Mr Modi said on twitter.

“His frank and insightful views on issues will be missed,” the Prime Minister further tweeted.

The Star In Our Midst

Jehangir Pocha, former editor of BW| Businessworld, passed away In Gurgaon in early morning on Saturday

Even in those early days, he stood out from the rest of the class. He had an amazing sense of humour, was a great storyteller and loved a good debate. He was SP Jain’sbiggest star at all inter-business school competitions, winning prizes in debating, and many other categories. He could charm attractive women across our campus. He rarely competed for top grades, didn’t enjoy heavy quant-based courses and believed in the value of a good, liberal education in broadening one’s mind.

Jehangir knew the complex web of relationships and history that defined the Parsi entrepreneurial story. I remember listening intently in the balcony of his home, as he narrated the history of the Tatas, pointing out specific buildings in the vicinity where momentous events had taken place. Those nuggets were invaluable in reconstructing history because until then, it was almost as if someone had deliberately smudged out the Mistry family from the official biographies of the Tatas.

Perhaps this modern-day chronicler in Jehangir came to the fore soon after, as he embarked on the most adventurous chapter in his life: moving to Beijing as a global correspondent at The Boston Globe. China was making its presence felt. And he took it upon himself to unravel the mysteries of that mammoth economy, market and society. It was an expensive place to live on a stringer’s salary. And so, I developed a plan with him to cover China for Businessworld. When Tony Joseph, our editor then, received his pitch, he immediately agreed to a regular feed of stories that would help Indian readers understand China.

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