Veteran Marathi journalist and social activist Dwarakanath Lele died in Pune Saturday (January 18) morning. He was 81.
He is survived by two married daughters, including Dr. Ujjwala Barve of University of Pune’s department of Communication and Journalism.
Mr. Lele was founder editor of Nashik edition of daily Sakal, Marathi Weekly Swarajya (now defunct), and Saptahik Sakal. These publications were from the stable of Sakal Papers Ltd founded by Dr. N B Parulekar.
He worked also as Pune correspondent now defunct Hindi news agency, Samachar Bharati, and earlier with dainik Tarun Bharat.
He was, until last month, active leader of the Sane Guruji kathamala, a movement of story-telling as advocated by poet-author freedom fighter Sane guruji.
Mr. Lele was a rationalist undertook and social activities of non-political organisations, such as Anti-Superstition Committee, and had participated in civic movements of Pune.
As per his wishes, there were no rituals at the Vaikunth crematorium. A large number of journalists, and activists of the Sane Guruji Kathamala, attended the funeral.
Dr. Ujjwala Barve's mail address: ujjwalabarve