Nari Shakti Award Winner & DD News anchor ‘Neelum Sharma’ is no more

She was honoured with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ by President Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Veteran News anchor Neelum Sharma passed away on Aug 17, she was greatly associated with Indias public service broadcaster Doordarshan News for over two decades. The information of her demise was flashed on the official Twitter account of DD News and, as per the report, she was batteling cancer.

“DD News mourns passing away of our dear Colleague Neelum Sharma. A founding anchor with over 20 years of association with DD news, she played a stellar role in many capacities. From ”Badi Charcha” to ”Tejasvini” her path breaking programmes won accolades including Nari Shakti Award,” the tweet read.

Significantly, She was honoured with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ by President Shri Ram Nath Kovind earlier this year. The sudden demise of the journalist has left people in shock. Remembering her, people from all walks of life took to social media to pay condolences.

Meanwhile, Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted that, “Shocked to know that Neelum Sharma is no more. Lots of memories from All India Radio and DD. The sober and gracious anchor would be missed by all.”

Former Chief Election Commissioner of India and Author of ‘An Undocumented Wonder, Dr SY Quraishi wrote, “Extremely shocked to hear this. My memory goes back to 2001 when I was DG DD. We decided to give DD a new look & hired about 24 new newsreaders / anchors replacing all the old faces except ONE. The one was Neelum. She was the bridge in this transition and proved her worth”.

Sreejan Shandilya, Career Diplomat, Embassy of India, Djibouti tweeted, “As someone who grew up watching DD news and all its various discussions and programmes religiously, this comes as a very sad news. Neelum Sharma had an unparalleled grace and fluidity over the language”. RIP.

“Just learned of the sad demise of veteran anchor Neelam Sharma who was recently awarded Nari Shakti Award. Prayers and condolences from entire Prasar Bharati parivar to her family,” Shashi Shekhar, CEO Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan & All India Radio) wrote.

“Nari Shakti award winner and Senior Anchor of DD News, Neelum Sharma Ji was not only involved in anchoring, scripting and many research in media worldwide but was also a  documentary filmmaker and has made about 60 films.. She was a Great Inspiration of Women Empowerment and media across the world. #RIP Om Shanti,” Trilok Singh, CEO Youth Darpan Media writes.

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