Rajkumar Keswani, an acclaimed journalist who had warned about irregularities that led to the Bhopal fuel tragedy a lot earlier than the world’s worst industrial catastrophe that happened in 1984, died due to COVID-19 complication on May 21.
Journalist Keswani had tested positive on April 8. He was admitted to JK Hospital in Bhopal on April 11 and after testing negative he returned home on April 20. However, on the very next day, he was rushed to Bansal hospital for lung-related infections.
His wife too had tested positive for Covid-19 but has now recovered.
According to Raunak Keswani’s son, “We were informed by the doctors that he died at 7:30 pm after his blood pressure dropped dangerously low.” His father had contracted the virus after getting his first vaccine dose, he added.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid his tribute to Journalist and said, “Keswani was specially known for drawing attention about security lapses prior to the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.”
Keswani sir had his career as sub-editor of Sports Times during his college days. Later, he went on to be associated with prominent outlets like New York Times, NDTV, Dainik Bhaskar, The Illustrated Weekly of India, Sunday, India Today and The Week.
He was also awarded the prestigious BD Goenka Award (1985) and Prem Bhatia Journalism Award in 2010.