Within three months of the passing away of our dear editor, Mr. S. V. Raju, we receive news today of the passing away of Mr. Ashok Karnik. Readers of Freedom First will remember him as the author of the column Point-Counter-Point, meticulously pointing out the pros and cons of an issue, without being judgmental or taking sides. The two friends would have long tele-conversations on current topics, picking each other’s brains, so to say. I personally feel he must have missed Mr. Raju so much which was evident from his last few e-mails that it appears he has followed Mr. Raju for his daily dose of tete-a-tete with him.
Mr. Karnik was on the Advisory Board of Freedom First and in spite of his frail health he was actively penning his thoughts and instigating the recipient of his mails to reply.
In his e-mail of August 3, in response to our asking for feedback on Freedom First Digital edition, he forwarded articles he wrote on his own blog saying that he will continue to write on his blog and in Marathi newspapers. We did not take it amiss and were waiting that sooner or later, he will restart his column on the digital edition.
“We have to live with an imperfect world and try our best to improve it”. These are Mr. Karnik’s last words in his August 5 e-mail. He chose not to live in this “imperfect world” and has moved on to a better and perfect abode in Heaven.
Freedom First offers its deepest condolences to his wife and family. May his soul rest in peace!