Veteran Journalist G N Shaida is no more
KEG, others condole demise
Srinagar: Veteran Journalist and Editor, Owner of ‘Wadi Ki Awaaz’ Ghulam Nabi Shaida breathed his last during the intervening night of Jan 18 and 19 at his Rawalpora Srinagar residence.
Shaida, a well mannered and a humble person was 73 and was not keeping in good health form some months now.
“Sad news. Our senior colleague Ghulam Nabi Shaida Sahab (editor and owner of Urdu daily ‘Wadi ki Awaaz’) breathed his last at his Srinagar residence overnight. He would be, as per his will, laid to rest in the ancestral graveyard in Goripora village of Pulwama district in about couple of hours. Rest in eternal peace Shaida Sahab, you were a great man, an upright professional. We spoke over the phone only a few days ago and found him, as always, in high spirits despite health issues,” posted veteran journalist Yusuf Jameel on his Facebook handle.
Before launching his own Urdu Daily, Shaida had worked for different news papers that were being published in and out of Srinagar.
Family sources said that he never compromised with journalistic ethics and believed in calling a spade a spade.
After securing a Post Graduate degree from Aligarh Muslim University, like others he too was part of Plebiscite Front and spent 43 days in Jail at Hari Nivas.
During his early days, he was running a weekly newspaper titled ‘Sahafi’ for three years and after that he launched his own Urdu Daily ‘Wadi Ki Awaz’ some 36 years ago. He was a prolific writer having on edge on almost all the subjects.
After the death of his wife Shama Zaidi who was from Hyderabad in 2015 due to cancer, he founded the ‘Shama Foundation’ in her name.
The main thrust of the Foundation was to facilitate the marriage of poor girls, provide assistance to the women suffering from cancer, conduct medical camps in far flung areas to provide medicare to the cancer patients.
Meanwhile, KEG also expressed grief over Ghulam Nabi Shaida’s demise.
Ghulam Nabi Shaida was a fearless and an upright Journalist who would always be unbiased in his work as a journalist, the media body said.
Shaida sahib faced multiple challenges during his career as a journalist and he was even jailed for his work during the early eighties, it added.
It was due to his tireless efforts that Shaida Sahab managed to carve out a niche for himself and his publication ‘Wadi Ki Awaaz’.
The death of the veteran editor is a huge loss for the institution of Journalism in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ghulam Nabi Shaida will always be remembered for upholding the values and ethics of Journalism amid the challenging situation, KEG said.
KEG stands with the family of the deceased editor in this hour of grief.
Notably, all media associations offered their condolences to the family of the deceased editor.