|Veteran journalist ‘Dharme’
journalist Dharmaratne Wijesundera passed away in the early
hours of September 28 following a brief illness. At the time of
his death, ‘Dharme’ as he was affectionately known to the
newspaper fraternity was the news editor of our sister paper
Dharme began his journalistic career at ‘Dinamina’ in 1977. He
joined ‘Divaina’ when it started in 1981 and had risen to be
Deputy Editor of that paper when he left to rejoin Lake House.
Dharme, who had an irrepressible nose for news, is best
remembered for the energy and enthusiasm he brought into his
work. He built a reputation for himself as a journalist who
would not miss any story. He went to extreme lengths to obtain
his stories often quarreling with his superiors to allow him to
do what he wanted in the way he wanted. He would get the story,
wait until the relevant pages were set and then he would smile,
happy as a little child who had got the toy he wanted.
He was passionate to a fault but was beneath all that an
extremely sensitive man easily moved to tears. He is remembered
by his friends at Rivira Media Corporation for the enthusiasm
with which he embraced the hard work that needed to be done
before the launch of ‘Rivira’ and ‘The Nation’ a few months ago.
He was determined to make the venture a success. He will be
missed by many as a colleague, a true friend and a remarkable
and unassuming human being. The Nation offers its condolences to
Dharme’s family in their moment of grief and wishes him the
supreme bliss of Nibbana.