Prof Jyoti Lal Chowdhury, a veteran journalist and educator with a long relationship with The Sentinel, died on Friday evening at the Silchar Medical College & Hospital (SMCH). He was 75 years old at the time.
Prof Chowdhury passed away at 10.15 p.m. on Friday, according to SMC&H Vice-Principal Dr Bhaskar Gupta.
He was sick with heart problems, septicemia, and electrolyte imbalance. Prof Chowdhury was brought to the SMC&H early this week as his health deteriorated, according to his relatives. He was survived by three sisters, various relatives, and a slew of well-wishers.
Journalist Chowdhury’s achievements
He was an English lecturer at Cachar College. Prof. Chowdhury contributed to The Sentinel as well as other national and regional publications. ‘Glimpses of British Raj in Barak Valley,’ ‘Rumblings from Northeast,’ and ‘Mahapran Mahitosh,’ a book honouring the birth centenary of renowned freedom warrior and revolutionary Mahitosh Purkayastha,’ were among the books he penned and edited.
Prof Chowdhury was one of the founding members of Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, a major figure in the Barak Valley’s social environment. He was also the president of GC College’s governing body in Silchar.
DC Cachar Prof Chowdhury was characterised by Keerthi Jalli as a diligent journalist and a fine human being who adhered to professional ethics. According to Keerthi, “His works will live on in the hearts of all who read them. We pray for the soul of his lost loved one “.. Rajib Roy, DDC, stated, “Prof. Chowdhury’s death is a huge loss.
He was a consummate academician who left an indelible mark on the world of journalism.” Prof. Chowdhury graduated from Banaras Hindu University with a master’s degree in English.
He was just awarded a literary pension by the Assam government. According to a press statement, the government had previously honored him for his achievements to journalism and literature.