By Subhash Pandey
Senior journalist Rajendra Ramchandra Kamble has passed away during his treatment at Wockhardt Hospital in Mira Road. He worked with various Marathi dailies and weeklies in his 30 years long career. He was the founder and first President of Mira-Bhayandar Vartahar Sangh, a body fighting for journalists’ rights.
Rajendra Kamble was admitted to the Wockhardt Hospital, two days back after he vomited blood. Later, his health deteriorated and shifted to Ventilator. However, he passed away on Thursday evening.
Kamble worked as a Sub Editor for Shiv Sena mouthpiece and Marathi daily ‘Saamana‘. He used to write a column ‘KaNoSa’ on the political situation in the newspaper which readers liked.
After news of Kamble’s death spread, not only journalists but there were waves of mourning seen among the political and administration circle also. He wrote a book called the same name ‘KaNoSa’ on the political analysis of Maharashtra state.
Rajendra Kamble, who has always fought for journalists’ rights, was also an accredited journalist. In three decades of his career, he used to cover Mantralaya, sessions of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly and ‘Special assignment’ given by the desk. He worked with Marathi dailies like ‘Saamana’, Vritmanas, Mumbai Sandhya etc. He started his career with the Hindi local weekly newspaper ‘Bhayandar-Bhoomi’, edited by senior P L Chaturvedi. Later, he worked with Marathi weekly Shiledar, Navnagar, Aajcha Rakshak and Janhitasathi in his career’s initial phase.
He is survived by two brothers, three sisters, a mother, a wife and a son Rohan. Originally belonging to the Mehsal village of Miraj Tehsil in the Sangli district of Maharashtra, Kamble was a resident of Thakur Gali in Bhayandar (West). As soon as the news of the sudden demise of a senior journalist reached to people, dignitaries from the political circle, administration and journalists came to the hospital to pay tribute to him. Kamble is a second journalist who lost his life two years after Yatin Golatkar.