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Veteran scribe Gopinath who rubbed shoulders with Shashtri and Che Guevara passes away in Chennai!

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Veteran Gopinath, who had covered the first in and had interviewed Guara and Fidel Castro, died here on Saturday at the age of 88.

began his over six-decade long journey in the field of journalism at a time when being a scribe did not come with the glamour quotient but required pure-unadulterated dedication towards the job. Yet, it is no mean feat that he did it dedicatedly for over six decades and lived a life rubbing shoulders with who's who of past and the present.

covered the first Indian of 1951-52, held from 25, October 1951 to 21, February 1952 and remained active till the recently-concluded 17th Lok Sabha, polls sharing his insights and observations till not long ago.

Never been the news but the quintessential agency was always on his toes, taking notes and recording stuff, during the most newsworthy moments. For ever, he witnessed the glorious story unfolding in front of his eyes.

In a picture from the past, he can be seen completely immersed in jotting down notes, standing behind India's

A with old world demeanour and a political sharpness that could be the envy of the most seasoned politicians, covered the key events from the times of Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Gulzari Lal Nanda and also witnessed the ups and downs of politics in many southern states till not so long ago.

A golden round watch on the left hand, black heavy frame spectacles, tiny unkempt hair and ability to maintain concentration during the most turbulent times were the traits of one of the longest-serving journalists of Independent who had covered the political upheavals in the whole country but always maintained Chennai as his base.

He was associated with ANI for the last three decades and helped the agency expand its base in

Gopinath not only covered the key events but also had the opportunity to see world politics change. From the rise and fall of Communism in many countries to the expansion of democracies, Gopinath witnessed it all, often having a front-seat view of the most important and global events.

He was the first Indian journalist who interviewed Cuban revolutionary Guevara and the of the country

Gopinath was one among the few longest serving professionals who dedicated themselves to the field of journalism, purely driven by the people-centric aspect of this fourth pillar of democracy.

An intellectual and a journalist without parallel, he trained many, inspired many more and his demise today leaves a void in the field of journalism which will be hard to fill.

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First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 17:22 IST