[We are collecting thoughts and tributes - please add them in the comments section below.]
We are sorry to report that Dharam Shourie, a veteran US-based journalist and UN correspondent for India's largest wire service, the Press Trust of India, has died. He was 72.
Photojournalist Jay Mandal, whose photo is reproduced here (click to get high-resolution version): sent out a note earlier today:
Giampaolo Pioli, the president of the United Nations Correspondent Association, shared this message with the group's members:
The funeral will be on Friday, July 31 and there will be a memorial service on Saturday, Aug. 1. Here is the information, sent by his family, via the e-mail address that he used for so many years:
Subject: Dharam Shourie's Funeral
PTI Washington correspondent Lalit K. Jha <lalitkjha[at]gmail.com> shared the news that Shourie's passing was mentioned at the Thursday briefing by the UN Secretary General's spokesperson:
Last, I have a bit of sad news for you. Dharam Shourie, the long-time correspondent for Press Trust of India, died last night after a protracted illness. He was in his late eighties. He was a friendly and cheerful presence at the United Nations for several decades, and
we will miss him. We send our sincere condolences to his family.
[Please note that former UN Under-Secretary-General and India's new Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor, has issued a statement. It is in the comments section below, along with various other folks, including Ambassador H.S. Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. You can add your own thoughts there.]
I was asked earlier today for a comment by India Abroad's Suman Mozumder. Here's what I sent him:
We are collecting thoughts and tributes to Dharam Shourie. Please add them in the comments section below.
Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri (left), India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, greets Urmil Shourie, the widow of Dharam Shourie, as daughter-in-law Julieann (center) looks on, at a Memorial Service (Chautha) at a NJ Temple. Several friends and relatives attended the service.
[BOTH PHOTO CREDITS: Jay Mandal/On Assignment]