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Farewell to Harpal Singh Bedi, a giant in Indian sports journalism

 JournalismPakistan.com |  Published June 15, 2024

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Farewell to Harpal Singh Bedi, a giant in Indian sports journalism

NEW DELHI—The world of Indian sports journalism has lost a luminary with the passing of Harpal Singh Bedi, a journalist revered for his incisive reporting and captivating storytelling. Bedi, an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), left an indelible mark on the field with his unique blend of razor-sharp news instincts and a warm, engaging personality.

G. Rajaraman, a colleague and fellow journalist, encapsulated the essence of Bedi's legacy in a heartfelt tweet: "Deeply saddened to hear of legendary senior colleague Harpal Singh Bedi’s passing. A genial soul, an alum of JNU and an inveterate newsman, he had the pulse of the Indian sports firmament. He had a rich repertoire of anecdotes that could keep the Press Box brimming with laughter."

Bedi's career spanned several decades during which he covered numerous landmark events in Indian sports history. His reporting was characterized by a deep understanding of the sports he covered and a commitment to delivering the truth. Yet, it was his personal charm and humor that endeared him to his peers and the athletes he wrote about.

Colleagues remember Bedi not just for his professional acumen but also for his humaneness and zest for life. "He was one of a kind," many have echoed, reflecting on the countless moments of laughter and camaraderie shared in press boxes across the country.

His ability to weave compelling narratives from the world of sports was unmatched. Whether chronicling the triumphs of Indian athletes on the global stage or shedding light on the struggles and intricacies behind the scenes, Bedi's writing brought the drama and emotion of sports to life for his readers.

As the news of his passing spreads, tributes from all corners of the sports world continue to pour in. The void left by his departure is profound, but the legacy of Harpal Singh Bedi will continue to inspire future generations of sports journalists.

 

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