Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, June 11: Senior journalist based in Kohima, Xavier Rutsa passed away in the wee hours of Monday. He was Kohima correspondent of The Times of India and also the president of Kohima Press Club.
Meanwhile, media fraternity under the aegis of the Nagaland Press Association (NPA) held a condolence service for late Xavier Rutsa at Press Point in Dimapur this afternoon. A two-minute silence was also observed by the journalists.
In its condolence message, the NPA said the contribution of Xavier Rutsa to the field of journalism was highly commendable. “His demise is a loss to the media fraternity of Nagaland”, the NPA added.
In his condolence message, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said he was shocked to hear the demise of Xavier Rutsa.
“I am shocked to learn that senior journalist Mr. Xavier Rutsa passed away early Monday morning. Mr. Rutsa was one of the senior journalists in the State and has an illustrious career and was correspondent for Nagaland Post; a regular contributor to Eastern Panorama, and was presently the Kohima correspondent of The Times of India. He was also president of the Kohima Press Club,” said Neiphiu Rio.
The Chief Minister’s condolence message then said that being a keen sports enthusiast, Xavier Rutsa used to report extensively on local sporting events and also dedicated his free time towards various social activities.
“During the course of my many interactions with him over the years, I found him to be sincerely committed towards social causes and he was always positive in his approach towards public concerns. In his demise, the people of Nagaland have lost a towering media personality, a good friend and a simple, humble human being,” the message of the Chief Minister said.
Also condoling the demise of Xavier Rutsa, the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expressed profound grief at sudden demise of the Kohima based senior journalist.
The Assam based media body then conveyed its “deepest condolences” to his family and all members of the local press club.
Former Chief Minister and President of Naga People’s Front (NPF), Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu, on behalf of the party rank and file said they are “pained and saddened” to learn about the sudden demise of senior Journalist and President of Kohima Press Club, Xavier Rutsa.
“It is tragic that such a young man with his caliber who is not only contributing to the society through his journalism but also active in many social organization had left for his heavenly abode,” the NPF chief said.
According to Dr Shurhozelie, late Xavier Rutsa was an honest and an upright senior journalist of deep understanding with an incisive edge in his writings had immensely contributed for the upliftment of the society “and the vacuum he created will be difficult to replace and his untimely demise is a great loss to the media fraternity of Nagaland”.
“I’m personally at a loss for words over the loss of a fine journalist. I wish to express my deepest condolences to his family members, the media fraternity of Nagaland and pray to the Amighty to grant solace and comfort all his near and dear ones,” Dr Shurhzelie added
Former Chief Minister, TR Zeliang also condoled the demise of Xavier Rutsa.
In his message, the former Chief Minister said that late Xavier Rutsa was a “reliable, unbiased and a man guided by ethics of journalism.”