Bartaman editor Subha Dutta breathes her last at 70
Kolkata: Subha Dutta, the editor of Bengali daily Bartaman, died at a private hospital in Salt Lake on Monday morning. She was 70-years-old and is survived by her daughter Rupanjana Dutta.
In her condolence message, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recalled her long association with Dutta: "I had a very cordial relation with Subha di and she had great affection for me. After Barun da she became the editor of Bartaman and under able leadership the newspaper has reached this height. It is a personal loss to me. My heartfelt condolences to Rupanjana, Vivek, Abhijit and Manjima." Dutta had accompanied the Chief Minister on some of her foreign tours.
Meanwhile, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said in his condolence message: "Subha Dutta, sister of founder editor of Bartaman late Barun Sengupta, was the only female editor of the morning dailies published from West Bengal. She took charge on 19 June, 2008 as editor of Bartaman Patrika. After Mr. Sengupta's death, she carried forward a highly appreciated work and was as fearless as her brother in criticising even the wrongs of powerful authorities. As such, she took Bengali journalism to a new height. Her death is an irreparable loss to the world of Bengali journalism."
Subha Dutta was the youngest sister of Barun Sengupta, founder editor of Bartaman. She became the editor after Sengupta died in 2008. She wrote on the life and work of Sengupta under the title Mejda, which came out in Saptahik Bartaman.
Her language was simple and lucid and she could present a fact or an event in a highly interesting way. Dutta had been suffering for quite some time and was admitted to the private hospital with multiple complications some days ago.