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The long-timer had covered the first general elections of Independent India and was active till the recently concluded general elections.
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Veteran journalist and Tamil Nadu Chief of news agency ANI E Gopinath passed away in Chennai on Saturday. He was 88.

One of the longest-serving journalists of Independent India, Gopinath started his career as a scribe around 60 years ago. He covered the first general elections in India after its independence for the Press Trust of India (PTI) and was active till the recently concluded general elections. He was the first Indian journalist to interview the revolutionary Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba for a long time.

The veteran journalist was associated with ANI for the last 30 years as the head of ANI Tamil Nadu. Smita Prakash, the editor of ANI, New Delhi tweeted two pictures of Gopinath on Saturday – one with former acting Prime Minister Gulzari Lal Nanda and another with former Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri, in which he is seen standing behind Shastri and writing something on his notepad. “Gopinath Sir with Gulzari Lal Nanda and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Old world journalist who was always behind the scene, reporting the story, never the story. Quintessential agency journalist. He helped us expand ANI’s base in south India,” she tweeted.

Tributes poured in from various quarters following the demise of the long-time journalist.