A walking encyclopedia Dharam Chand Prashant, one of the eldest journalist of pre-Independence era from Jammu and Kashmir died here on Wednesday morning after a brief illness.He was 96.
He was a walking encyclopedia on affairs of J&K, Dogra rulers, history of partition of India, and vast variety of subjects.
One of the founding members of Dogri Sanstha he is also credited to have launched a sustained campaign for introduction of Dogri language in educational institutions up to post graduation level.
Prashant began his career with Associated Press of India before Independence and worked with PTI later. He started his journalistic career from
Lahore in 1946 and was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1982 and remained an MP till 1986.
Prashant also authored some books during his years as a journalist.
He was associated with many social, cultural and religious organisations and contributed on regular basis.
He is survived by three sons and four daughters. People from all walks of life, including prominent citizens of Jammu,senior journalists, politicians and others have condoled the demise of veteran journalist.
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah also condoled the sad demise of veteran Journalist and former Rajya Sabha Member D. C. Prashant.
In his condolence message, CM conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.Patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed expressed his deep shock over the demise of Shri D C Prashant and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul in heaven.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee also condoled the death of Dharam Chand Prashant.
JKPCC president and former union minister Saifuddin Soz has expressed deep shock over the demise of Prashant and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul in heaven.
Senior leaders of the PCC have condoled the death of Prashant and conveyed their sympathies to the bereaved family. Chairman of the Kashmir Times Group Ved Bhasin,Public Service Commission Member and former Director Information KB Jandyal, former PTI Bureau Chief MK Bangroo, veteran Journalist of Punjab Kesari Gopal Sachar, Senior Special Correspondent and Bureau Chief Aaj Tak Ashwani Kumar, Bureau Chief ZEE News Raju Kerni, Former Resident Editor Tribune SP Sharma,former TOI Bureau Chief DP Sharma and several other senior journalists condoled the sad demise of Veteran Journalist and paid glowing tributes. In his condolence message DC Prashant was cremated in the evening where people from all walks of life paid last tributes to him and prayed for the peace to the departed soul.