NEW DELHI: Aloran Mukherjee, Associate Editor and New Delhi Bureau Chief of The Hindu Business Line, passed away here on Monday following a brief illness. Mr. Mukherjee, who turned 50 on June 2, is survived by his wife, Sharmistha.
Fondly known as ‘Alok,’ he began his journalistic career with the Financial Express in 1979. He joined The Hindu in May 1988 as a Special Correspondent covering the Finance and Commerce Ministries and later rose to become the daily’s Chief Economic Correspondent. He moved to Business Line as its New Delhi Bureau Chief in February 2005.
In a condolence message, the Prime Minister’s Office said Manmohan Singh was sad to learn about Mr. Mukherjee’s sad demise which had rendered the profession of business journalism poorer.
“Mr. Mukherjee was an active and dedicated journalist who has been covering economic policy issues for over two decades. I wish to convey the Prime Minister’s sincere condolences on this sad occasion to Mr. Mukherjee’s family and to all his colleagues in The Hindu and Business Line,” the Media Adviser to the Prime Minister, Sanjaya Baru, said in a statement.
Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh expressed his distress and shock over Mr. Mukherjee’s untimely demise and recalled his long association with him.
A large number of his friends, colleagues and associates from the media and outside were present at the cremation at the Nigambodh Ghat crematorium on Monday afternoon.