Kakati, doyen of Assam journalism, dead

Veteran journalist and freedom fighter Satish Chandra Kakati, former editor of The Assam Tribune and former vice-president of the Editors' Guild of India, passed away at his residence here late last night. He was 94. Born in October 1912 at a remote village in Nalbari district, Kakati was a graduate of the Cotton College, and had served a three-month jail-term for participating in the freedom struggle. Initially associated with newspapers like Hindustan Standard and Anandabazar Patrika as Assam correspondent, Kakati joined The Assam Tribune in 1931 and became its editor in 1963 until he retired in 1976.

Conferred with the Padmashree in 1991 for his contribution to the development of journalism in the North-East, Kakati was a prolific writer, and wrote seven books in English and Assamese. He was also a regular contributor to several newspapers outside Assam.

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