Nagaland & NE Media fraternity mourn Xavier’s demise


Dimapur, June 11: The Nagaland Press Association (NPA) has expressed shock at the untimely demise of Xavier Rutsa, Senior Journalist and President of Kohima Press Club on June 11 at Kohima.
In a condolence message, the NPA said late Xavier Rutsa was a dedicated journalist, who worked with Nagaland Post as a correspondent from Kohima for many years, besides being a correspondent for Times of India, Guwahati edition.
Stating that his contribution to the field of journalism and highlighting issues of day to day affairs of Nagaland is highly commendable, the NPA said his demise is a loss not only to the Press Fraternity of Nagaland, but the entire Naga community in general.
At this hour of grief, the ranks and files of Nagaland Press Association conveyed heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty God to grant them strength to bear the loss.
The members of Kohima Press Club (KPC) have expressed grief at the sudden demise of its President, Xavier Rutsa on June 11.
The KPC said late Xavier was a towering figure in journalism, who clearly distinguished himself as an icon of a free press and somebody who was a reservoir of knowledge pertaining to the media industry.
Rutsa was a founding member of the Kohima Press Club which was formed in 2001. He served as the club’s treasurer for two terms – 2001-2003 and 2005-2007. In 2014, he was elected as the president of the club and it was during this tenure that he guided Kohima Press Club to earn new public regard and respect. He got re-elected unopposed for a second consecutive term in 2016. The present tenure under him is due to end in 2019.
In his death, Kohima Press Club has lost a mentor, a friend and a great human being.
The club mourned his passing and prayed that God would comfort all the loved ones he leaves behind.
The Dimapur Press Club (DPC) has expressed grief at the untimely demise of Xavier Rutsa, Senior Journalist of Nagaland and the President of Kohima Press Club who passed away on June 11 in Kohima.
The Club remembered Xavier Rutsa as a sincere and diligent person who contributed selflessly for the Naga society and the Kohima Press Club as a responsible journalist.
Xavier Rutsa’s untimely demise is a loss not only for the Press fraternity but the entire community, the DPC said and conveyed sincere condolence to the bereaved family.
The Mokokchung Press Club has expressed grief at the news of the untimely and sudden demise of late Vinyulhou Xavier Rutsa, President, Kohima Press Club.
It shared heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family at this time of grief and loss and prayed that Almighty God give them solace and courage to get through this difficult time
Nagaland Post:
Editor of Nagaland Post, Geoffrey Yaden has expressed grief at the untimely demise of Xavier Rutsa, in the early hours of Monday at his residence in Kohima.
Yaden stated that late Xavier had worked for Nagaland Post at intervals and eventually left in April 2012 during which period he found Xavier to be an honest, sober, friendly and a conscientious worker.
He also recalled an incident when late Xavier had a providential escape with death on the night of November 24, 2005. He was shot and injured when an unidentified gunman fired at the scooter carrying late Xavier and a colleague while they were returning home after visiting a friend.
The entire press fraternity in Nagaland and especially those who knew late Xavier, will surely miss him and his absence will be felt for a long time, he said and on his behalf and on behalf of his wife and all staff of Nagaland Post offered sincere condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that God Almighty grant them solace and strength to overcome grief and eternal rest to the departed soul.
Nagaland Page:
Editor & Staff of Nagaland Page stated that the news of untimely demise of Xavier Rutsa came early morning with a shock and filled them and filled them with grief.
In a condolence message, they stated that late Xavier was known for his dedication and sincerity towards his work as a journalist and also as a person who worked towards the uplift of society by involving himself in various organizations.
Stating that his demise is not only a loss to his family, but also to the media fraternity and the Nagas as a whole, the Nagaland Page family conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to Almighty God to grant them solace and strength to bear the loss.
Times of India:
The Times of India has expressed heartfelt condolences to the family of Xavier Rutsa, who left for heavenly abode early this morning.
The TOI said it would remember Xavier as a soul full of love, care and compassion. It prayed to Almighty to give courage and strength to come to terms with the loss of a noble soul.
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed profound grief at sudden demise of Kohima based senior journalist Xavier Rutsa this morning, who suffered a massive stroke after the midnight.
The JFA conveyed its deepest condolences to his family and all members of the local press club.
“While mourning Xavier’s untimely demise, let’s learn from the tragedy,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that the working journalists should keep aside adequate time for his/her personal health.
At least they should go for regular screenings of blood pressure & sugar and weight along with other physical parameters either individually or in community level, it asserted.
The Mizoram Journalists’ Association and all its seven district headquarters have expressed shock at the untimely demise of Xavier Rutsa, President of Kohima Press Club on the fateful morning of June 11. The unexpected demise of Xavier Rutsa is an irreparable loss to the entire journalists fraternity of Northeast India and especially to the journalists of Nagaland, it said.
Stating that Xavier Rutsa’s death is indeed a colossal loss for the journalists of the region, the Mizoram Journalists’ Association offered highest respect and salutations to a leader who remained committed to the cause of journalism.
(Page News Service)