Journalist and Sahitya Academy award sinning Marathi author Arun Sadhu is no more. He breathed his last at a hospital in Mumbai early on September 25, 2017.
He was the Editor of The Free Press Journal for a brief period. However, he was better known for the English readers for his dispatches as the special correspondent of The Statesman and The Indian Express. He began his career as a subeditor-cum-reporter of Pune’s Marathi daily Kesari in the 1960s. He, however, became the popular author with his writings in a weekly Manoos (now defunct).
Prof Sadhu shifted to Mumbai where he authored Marathi, short stories, novels and plays His novel Mumbai Dinank was made into an award-winning Marathi movie Sinhasasan.
His reportage on several political and social issues of the 1970s when he began reporting events in Maharashtra and Gujarat for The Statesman. He was sympathetic to the Dalit movement launched by Dalit Panther and its splinter groups.
Dr Vasant Govarikar, the former scientific adviser to the Prime Minister, invited him as the head of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Pune's Social Sciences faculty in 1996-97 when he (Dr. Govarikar) was its Vice-Chancellor. A
Prof Arun Sadhu retired from the Department of communication and journalism in the year 2000. Later he continued to contribute to important English and Marathi newspapers and magazines in India. He was often invited for his comments political and social issues on the national scene.
He was elected President of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan. During his tenure, he took a firm stand on various literary issues.
Professor Sadhu had undertaken a UGC funded a major research project titled “Ethics & Indian Media” submitted in 2006.
He co-authored script for a movie Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar directed by Dr. Jabbar Patel. His books include the following: