Former Editor of Marathi daily Gomantak Narayan Athawale, who was also a freedom-fighter, ex-parliamentarian and a noted writer cum activist, passed away on Thursday at his Sahitya Sahawas resident in Bandra, Mumbai at the age of 78 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Athawale revolutionized journalism in Goa through his fiery articles and particularly editorials in Gomantak which he headed from 1989 to 1990.
In fact, he is the only journalist in Goa to be reprimanded by the Goa Legislative Assembly for “breach of privilege” of the House and after the censure, when he walked out of the Assembly hall, he was garlanded and cheered by many people for upholding the true spirit of journalism.
Besides, Athawale was also an activist being the founder member of the Gomantak Marathi Academy and Lok Vishwas Pratisthan, an organization involved in social service in Ponda,
He has written 16 novels including two which were awarded for enhancing Marathi literature.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat while paying respects to Athawale recalled his contribution in forming the Gomantak Marathi Academy and said his work will not be forgotten by people of Goa.
The South Goa Journalists Association also condoled the death of Athawale.