The Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ) has condoled the passing away of senior journalist and GUJ member Anant Salkar.
Salkar breathed his last on Sunday while undergoing treatment at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. Salkar had met with a road accident while on his way home last Saturday, October 1.
He was 59 and is survived by his wife and daughter.
Salkar started his career with Tarun Bharat in 1994 as a Sub-Editor. Salkar, along with Ethel da Costa, was responsible for bringing out Tarun Bharat’s innovative English supplement ‘Groove’.
While serving as the Bureau Chief of Tarun Bharat-Goa edition, Salkar left the organisation for better prospects and joined Goa Publications as an Assistant Editor of Sunaparant in 2005.
Salkar was later appointed as the Editor of Sunaparant.
Following the closure of Sunaparant, he joined Lokmat Media as an Assistant Editor- News in 2010 and was currently working as an Assistant Editor at Gomantak.
A prolific writer and bibliophile by nature, Salkar was a poet par excellence and a translator.
His poetries and one-act plays have won several state-level awards. He is known for translating English poetries into Marathi. Salkar belonged to the rare breed of journalists who enjoyed command over Konkani, Marathi and English.
Salkar was part of the three-member jury for the GUJ Journalism Awards 2018, 2019 and 2020.
He was felicitated for his contribution to the field of journalism on National Press Day by the Department of Information and Publicity, Govt of Goa, in 2020.
As per his wish, his body will be donated to the Goa Medical College and Hospital.
The Goa Union of Journalists conveys its deepest sympathies to his family.