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From scribes to MoS rank leader: Rich tributes pour in for Senior Journalist Yatin Golatkar

Late Yatin Golatkar in Red sleeveless T-shirt

Senior journalist and reporter of Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Marathi ‘Saamana’, Yatin Golatkar passed away on Monday. He was 59-years-old. One of the best vernacular scribes is survived by wife, a son, a daughter and a son-in-law. He was combating with multiple health issues including low BP and type II diabetes. However, his COVID-19 report is still awaited. Late Golatkar was admitted to Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi COVID Hospital on Saturday night after difficulty in breathing. Unfortunately, he breathes last on Monday afternoon.

After demise news broke out of this fitness freak, people were hard to believe in this.  The senior journalist will also be remembered for his memorable sporting performances. Undoubtedly, a brilliant national-level carrom player, he also made a mark as a great mentor.

Golatkar started his career in journalism from Bhai Jagtap’s Mahajanshakti and was mentored by senior journalist Bal Nimkar. Then joined ‘Krishival’ and wrote for some years for this newspaper. From last 20 years, he was covering news for Marathi daily ‘Saamana’ from Mira-Bhayandar. After Narayan Rane’s ‘Prahaar’ started, there he wrote non-fictional crime series ‘Rakhtranjit’ based on the white-collared criminal’s gang war in Mira Bhayandar with a pen name ‘Aniket Bhayandarkar’.  He was known as ‘crime encyclopaedia’ of Mira Bhayandar

What Editors say

“May his pious soul Rest in Peace. He would be always remembered for his handwriting which has garnered us and made us think that one of the aspects of a good journalist is its handwriting ….sir we are deeply hurt by your sad demise…RIP(sic),” said Mesthri Zakir, Editor, Ladayi Nyayasathi, a Marathi daily.

“Yatin always think about the welfare of journalists and journalism. The idea of the distribution of safety gears to the journalists on the field was his. That’s why, as a journalist and Corporator, I distributed the PPE kits to the journalist. Undoubtedly, he will be remembered long in the press room,” said Bharat Mishra, former Journalist with Sahara Samay and member of the Prabhag Samiti in MBMC.

Agree with the Mishra’s opinion, Subhash Pandey, Editor, Crime Face said, “He has almost an affinity with all journalists, especially the newbie. Whenever any journalist traps in any kind of problem, he supports them. He was very cooperative.”

“We have worked together on many fronts, movements, issues. Whether, it is a matter of public interest or the interest of the journalists,” said Pandey, a friend and colleagues of 25 years.  

“Yatin Ji had raised a voice through his pen in the context of the problems faced by the citizens due to administrative negligence. A heartfelt Bid Adieu to the warrior,” said Shrawan Sharma, Editor, Rakhandar Times.

What Journalist’s body says

“Yatin was a hard-nosed thinker, a true investigative journalist who looked for the news behind the news. Today, we have lost a true, heartfelt journalist friend. A heartfelt tribute to the departed soul, on behalf of all the journalists in the twin city,” said Prakash Nagane, President, Mira Bhayandar Varthahar Sangh.

“It is unbelievable news that Golatkar is not with us. He always smiles, when he talks. He was a good mentor for the new buddies. Teach them how to find out and work on the exclusive news. From the last 20 years, we were doing a Ganesh Utsav competition. Yatin Golatkar was the one who encourages us to organise the competition on behalf of Vartahar Sangh here,” said Rajendra Kamble, founder of Mira Bhayandar Vartahar Sangh, a journalist body.

What Reporters say

All the fraternity members are pained by his demise. Suresh Golani, Senior Journalist with The Free Press Journal said, “It is unbelievable but true. Unfortunately, we have lost a dear and loving friend. It is an irreparable loss to Media Fraternity, at least for Mira Bhayandar. We will miss you, Yatin Bhai forever.”    

“Yatin sir was always guided to junior journalists. He always gave us good advice. After seeing our news, all suggest where we had made a mistake.
Today is the tragic day for us as we lost father-figured Yatin sir. … Miss u Yatin Sir!,” said Azim Tamboli, Editor, YSR News.

What Leaders Say

“No one will ever forget Yatin’s contribution to the Mira Bhayandar. It’s shocking news for me. My condolences with his family and friends,” said Mayor Jyotsana Hasnale.

“First of all, I would like to give heartfelt Condolences to all the journalists for the loss. He was not only a journalist but a social and cultural figure of the twin city. Yatinji participates and shows special interest either it was a sports event or cultural event,” said Ankush Malusare, President, Mira Bhayandar Congress.

“He was a good friend of mine. He has a good relationship with me since he started his career in journalism. Yatin Golatkar was a good carrom player and outspoken in his criticism. His demises has created a gap in journalism which will not be filled sooner,” said Hemant Mhatre, President, BJP, Mira Bhayandar unit.

“Shocking News! He was one of the good journalists in Mira Bhayandar. Golatkar was having a good sense of the news nose. May his soul Rest in Peace,” said Asif Gulab Shaikh, former MoS Rank leader.  

“Lost a good friend of mine. What to say about him. He was a fearless journalist, grown up in Lal Baug area. His crime series ‘Rakhtranjit’ made white-collared criminals exposed. If new journalists want to learn the history and development of the city, they should refer to his series. May his soul Rest in Peace,” said friend Rohit Suvarna, a social worker and former Corporator in MBMC.

“Like Amgaonkar, Yatin Golatkar, a journalist from our party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, also passed away. He was a journalist with complete knowledge about the Mira Bhayandar. It was also a big shock. Golatkar, always guided me on many subjects. Unfortunately, we lost them. I feel sad that I could not save these people despite being the people’s representative of the area,” said Pratap Sarnaik, MLA, Ovala-Majiwada.

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