In 1993, when the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) bribery scandal hit headlines — 10 MPs belonging from JMM and the Janata Dal forged their votes to defeat a no-confidence movement moved in Lok Sabha in opposition to the minority authorities of P V Narasimha Rao — a photograph by former Chief Photojournalist of the The Indian The Press Reporter, Raaj Dayal, captured a defining second — the alternate of briefcases.
That is one among many key moments captured by Dayal, who lined the size and breadth of the political and social panorama in India for over 4 a long time. He died on Monday attributable to cardiac seizure. He was 67 and is survived by his spouse, daughter and two grandsons. Dayal had joined The Indian The Press Reporter in 1988 and retired in 2012 because the Chief Photojournalist. Earlier than that, he labored on the movie journal Mayapuri and studied photojournalism at Thomson Basis in Wales, UK.
“Photojournalists cowl all the pieces however he was identified for capturing that wonderful image that went past politics,” mentioned veteran journalist Usha Rai, who has lined a lot of assignments with him.
He’s identified to have mentored generations of photojournalists. “He was full of data and was all the time able to share it together with his college students and juniors. He used to show at numerous media colleges across the nation,” mentioned his niece and journalist Karuna John.
Dayal can be remembered as an ace sportsman whereas he studied at Delhi College’s Ramjas School, and an artist and illustrator, who has exhibited at numerous group exhibits in Delhi.
“Lots of people bear in mind him for his laughter. Whether or not they had been protecting the funds or a pure catastrophe, they bear in mind how he cared for folks on assignments…,” mentioned John.