Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday expressed his condolences on the passing away of senior journalist and editor-in-chief of National Herald, Neelabh Mishra, who breathed his last at a Chennai hospital today.
He was critically ill with complications resulting from non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis.
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Mishra, 57, was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai earlier this month, and developed multiple organ failure before a liver transplant could be carried out.
Rahul Gandhi hailed the journalist as a man "who spoke truth to power", further calling him an "institution builder."
“An editor’s editor. A man who spoke truth to power. An institution builder. On Neelabh Mishra’s tragic passing away this morning, my deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and admirers,” he tweeted.
An Editor's Editor. A man who spoke truth to power. An institution builder. On Neelabh Mishra's tragic passing away this morning, my deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and admirers. #NationalHerald— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 24, 2018
In 2016, Mishra steered the re-launch of National Herald, the newspaper founded by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1938, as a digital news website.
In 2017, Mishra relaunched the National Herald as Sunday newspaper, and then National Herald's sister publications Navjivan and Qaumi Awaz as news websites.