MUMBAI: Veteran journalist and renowned writer Arun Sadhu (75) passed away in Mumbai on Monday morning.
Sadhu breathed his last at the Lokmanya Tilak Memorial Hospital, Sion in Mumbai, where he was admitted on Sunday in a critical condition and put on ventilator.
Dr Jayshree Mondkar, dean-in-charge of the hospital, said that Sadhu was suffering from cardiomyopathy.
His mortal remains were brought to his Bandra residence, Sahitya Sahwas. Prominent personalities from all walks of life paid tributes to the author. Later, the family donated the body to JJ Hospital in accordance with his wishes.
Sadhu is survived by his wife Aruna, a social activist, and two daughters, Suvarna and Shefali.
Sadhu initially worked in some small Pune-based Marathi newspapers and later worked with various English and Marathi newspapers for 30 years as a journalist. He was also the head of the department of journalism at Ranade Institute of Journalism at Pune for six years.
He has written many books in Marathi, Hindi as well as in English including two volumes of Russian Revolution in Marathi, his Mumbai Dinank and another Simhasan was combined to make a movie 'Simhasan' by Jabbar Patel. He also helped in script writing for movie on Ambedkar.
The veteran scribe wrote on the rise of Shiv Sena, the Vietnam War and the Chinese revolution, besides several short stories. He has also worked as a script writer in some films.
Sadhu, who was bestowed the Sahitya Akademi Award, had left a lasting impression as an author through his in-depth writings on serious of social and political subjects. He won several awards such as Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, NC Kelkar and Acharya Atre Award.
He was also felicitated with 'Jansthan' award, that is a lifetime achievement award by Kusumagraj Pratishthan. Maharashtra Foundation of America also felicitated Sadhu with their Life time Achievement Award.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed condolences on the passing away of renowned journalist and writer Arun Sadhu. "Sadhu was a scholar of international relation and social reforms. He raised many problems through his writings. The State lost not only a journalist but the journalist who teaches the journalists," the chief minister stated in his condolence letter.
Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, leader of opposition, expressed his grief over sad demise of Sadhu. He extends his deepest condolence to his family saying demise of Sadhu is a loss of the society. "We lost a great scribe, who had an independent style in journalism and writing skill, as well," he said.