Veteran journalist and the former editor of Blitz, R. K. Karanjia, died at his residence on Friday. He was 95.In 1940, as the World War was raging, he quit the Times of India to launch Blitz weekly, which pioneered tabloid journalism in India. In its time, Blitz had more imitators than any other Indian publication.
Karanjia was a man of conviction and a fire-brand journalist. His commitment to his profession was un-flinching and deep-rooted. He introduced a unique brand of tabloid journalism in the country. In true spirit, he was free, frank and fearless – that was also the motto of his weekly ‘ Blitz’. Beginning his career as a war reporter, Karanjia reached the pinnacle in journalism through his investigative exposures. The huge popularity of ‘Blitz’ testified that he had a knack of getting to his reader’s pulse.
The Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi has condoled the death of veteran journalist R.K. Karanjia. In his message, Dasmunsi said, “I am pained to learn that eminent veteran journalist Roussi K. Karanjia has passed away.
‘Besides his professional competence, Karanjia was a fine human being possessing qualities of heart and zest for life. In his demise, the country has lost a journalist of courage and conviction. My heart felt condolences to the bereaved family” P.R.Dasmunsi said.