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Farzand Ahmed

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Former India Today Deputy Editor, who earlier was attached to the Indian Express, Farzand Ahmed, considered to be a walking encyclopaedia on Bihar, passed away in Lucknow on 1 October. He was 68.

Mr Ahmed started his journalist career from UNI, Patna office and later joined the Telegraph, Kolkata and then India Today group.

Born on June 15, 1948 in village Sawrezi, Gopalganj, Bihar, he did his MA in English language & literature, from Patna University. He is survived by a son and two daughters. '

At the time of his death, he was working as adviser to the department of vocational education, Uttar Pradesh. Earlier he worked as State Information Commissioner in Bihar during 2011-2013.

Farzand will be remembered for many of his stories which he churned out for decades from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. He was one of a kind. He was hardworking and dedicated. He was a great and uncompromising journalist of high repute, says Bhabani Shankar Hota, former Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha). Farzand Saheb, we will miss you as we used to look towards you as a source of inspiration for independent, impartial, values and public oriented journalism with utmost integrity, says Mudit Mathur of Lucknow.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2016 on page no. 12

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