Death of a pioneer

One of the iconic journalists of the state, Taro Chatung, passed away on 26 October after losing the battle against cancer. He was battling Stage IV cancer and succumbed to it. In his death, the media in particular and the state in general have lost a towering figure who inspired millions to selflessly work for the people without expecting anything in return. Late Chatung was the pioneer of electronic media in Arunachal Pradesh. It was through his programme, ‘News & Views’, which used to be telecast by Doordarshan, that the people started to know the power of the media in the state.
Because of his work, those at the helm of power did not like him. Across the world, journalists and politicians share the same love-hate relationship. However, when someone dies, people tend to forget all the past issues. But it was saddening to see that a majority of the politicians, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu, never bothered to visit Taro Chatung when he was battling cancer at the TRIHMS, and even after his death. It was made to understand that the majority of the present generation of politicians was not happy with his reporting during the anti-PRC agitation. This is absolutely awful, considering the fact that late Chatung was only performing his duty as a journalist while reporting the events related to PRC. Barring DCM Chowna Mein, Education Minister Taba Tedir, and MLA Chow Zignu Namchoom, none from the government’s side turned up to visit late Chatung. Obviously, they are not bound by any law to visit him, but a pioneer like late Chatung deserved some kind of recognition from the government.