NEW DELHI: Friend and colleagues fondly remembered Anu Pushkarna, Principal News Photographer of The Hindu, at a condolence meeting organised by the Press Club of India here on Tuesday. Mr. Pushkarna had died of a heart attack on May 14.
Sun magazine proprietor Vishwa Bandhu Gupta said though he had a number of employees working under him, he shared a special rapport with Anu, who worked for the magazine at one time. “Even though the age difference was there, he was like a family member to me,” he added.
Describing the late photo journalist as a humane person, Press Club of India secretary general Pushpendra Kulshrestha said he was yet to come to terms with the bitter truth that Anu was no more. “Whenever he dropped by at the club he would always ask me if there were any problems that needed to be sorted out. He had once suggested that the PCI should host an exhibition of news pictures taken by photographers.”
As a befitting tribute, the PCI will soon organise an exhibition of his photographs, said Mr. Kulshrestha.
Recounting an assignment during the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya, another photographer recalled how a group of photo journalist were mobbed by a hostile crowd at Seelampur in East Delhi. “But Anu took all of us to one of the top-floor houses. He then went down to study the situation and then guided us… My camera rolls had run out, but the big hearted colleague gave me his roll. No other professional would have done that,” he added.