Nagaland’s senior journalist Xavier Rutsa laid to rest in Kohima
Morung Express News
Kohima | June 11
Noted journalist Xavier Rutsa passed away on June 11 after a sudden stroke. The funeral service was held at the New Market, colony where the funeral rites were performed by Rev. Fr. Richard Fernandes, Parish Priest, St. Francis De Sales Church, Kohima.
Vinyülhou Xavier Rutsa, better known as Xavier among colleagues and friends was one among the senior most journalists in Nagaland and was writing for The Times of India as its Nagaland correspondent. He was also serving as the president of the Kohima Press Club (KPC). Late Xavier Rutsa was the founding member of the KPC, formed in 2001 where he served as the club’s treasurer for two terms in 2001-2003 and 2005-2007. In 2014, he was elected as president of KPC and latter re-elected for the second consecutive term in 2016.
Alice Yhoshü, general secretary of KPC expressed during the funeral that Rutsa had been a torchbearer for journalism and for the welfare of journalists’ rights from the time he had entered the profession twenty years ago.
“We are so privileged to have worked with someone like him: a man of strong conviction for the profession, unambiguous principles and as many would put it, a master of his trade, a leader who had such much concern for journalists, both seniors and juniors alike.
Xavier taught us strong values and the importance of working as a term, tolerance towards one another, generosity and acceptance of one another’s weaknesses. We will always remember him as a leader a fighter for the rights of the Fourth Estate as well as the downtrodden, a guardian and a very resilient man with strong ethics,” said Alice Yhoshü.
Recollecting the early years of joining the profession, H. Chishi, vice president, Nagaland Press Association mentioned how Xavier was highly knowledgeable and had often been termed as the ‘Encyclopedia of Nagaland’ or ‘Knowledge Box’.
Kohima Town Club president Dr. Viketuolie Pienyu attributed the Club’s success to the resourcefulness, and sincerity to Xavier. “We have lost an archive in making” said Jonas Yanthan, former All India Radio newscaster who also noted that Rutsa was a man who lived for the society.
The Times of India, Bureau Chief (North East) in a condolence message said, “He wrote for us for about 15 years, very honestly and diligently. He was always fair, truthful and accurate in his reports that we eagerly waited for every day.”
The Mizoram Journalists’ Association in a condolence message expressed the irreparable loss to the entire journalist fraternity of Northeast India and especially to the journalists of Nagaland.
Meanwhile, a condolence prayer service was also organized by media fraternity at Press Point, Supermarket, Dimapur coinciding with the funeral service today. The service was led by Nagaland Press Association.
Born on August 23, 1976, Xavier Rutsa, son of Late Meguonyü Rutsa was laid to rest on June 11 at his ancestral land in New Market, Kohima.