He was 54; He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | January 4, 2011
As we entered into the new year, came the news which was shocking and cruel for the whole media industry. Atul Maheshwari, Managing Director of the Amar Ujala group of publications died at a Gurgaon hospital on Monday morning (3rd January, 2011) after a brief illness.He was born on May 3, 1956. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
Maheshwari was associated for 37 years with the media industry. A post graduate in political science, Maheshwari was instrumental in taking the Hindi newspaper Amar Ujala to new heights.
After completeing his education from Mathura, Maheshwari got early training in the industry under his father and co-founder of Amar Ujala, the late Muralilal Maheshwari in Bareily. He moved to Meerut in 1986 for establishing the newspaper's edition there. He also expanded Amar Ujala to Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Delhi besides starting half a dozen editions in Uttar Pradesh. Maheshwari also launched Amar Ujala Compact.
He was also associated with several organisations related to the media industry and was a keen watcher of the global media industry.
Shashi Shekhar, Editor-in-chief, Hindustan, who edited Amar Ujala for many years in past, said, âAtul Maheshwari was unlike many media czars. He never hesitated in giving candid opinions on issues. He always believed that information must reach the remotest areas of this country. He was truly a man of principles.â
Adding further, Shekhar said, âI remember almost twenty years ago when sending newspaper to the hills from the area like Meerut was not financially viable as there was hardly any advertising revenue from hills, Maheshwari without thinking of high transportation cost used to send copies of Amar Ujala to the remote hill areas. As he believed that information must reach the last man standing in queue.â
Sanjay Bahadur, a media veteran, said, âAtul Maheshwari was a very mild person who understood the business of newspapers better than others. With his dedication and right attitude he took Amar Ujala to new heights and made it fourth largest hindi daily in India.â
A prayer and condolence meeting will be held on Wednesday, 5th January, 2011 at his residence complex C-87, Sector-50, Noida.
We are shocked to hear about Maheshwari sir's sad demise. It's a huge loss to media industry. We pray to almighty for his heavenly abode. Our sincere condolence to the grieved family and entire unit of Amar Ujala. May his soul rest in peace and may his work aspire the new generation.
A man with vision and a humble human soul is how i would describe Atul ji .i have personally very fond memories of him having worked with Amar ujala under his leadership .May his soud rest in peace .We will miss you Atul ji .
We are shocked to hear about sad demise of Mr.Atul Maheshwari. Itâs a huge loss to media industry. We pray to almighty for his heavenly abode. Our sincere condolence to the grieved family and entire unit of Amar Ujala. May his soul rest in peace and may his work aspire the new generation.
Mr. Maheshwari was one of the most compassionate media personalities loved by his people. It is extremely sad to have lost such a beloved person. My heartfelt condolences to all the bereaved. May his soul rest in peace. Subhash Pandey/ Prabhat Khabar
Apart from a professional, he was a great human being.
yeah! he was indeed a man of principles. but personaly for me it was a shocking news and I feel a personal loss as I have met with this man of his words few times while working for the paper at Chandigarh and Jammu. We pray to Almighty for his heavenly abode. Our heartfelt and sincere condolence to the grieved family and Amar Ujala parkashan ltd.
May God rest his soul in peace.............
I am shocked to hear of Atul Sirâs sad demise. Itâs really a irreparable loss to media industry n particularly to his family. My sincere condolence to the grieved family. I had worked with Mr.Atul Maheshwari for a short duration as Manager-HR (Meerut) in the year 2002 but I yet remember his gentleness and his business acumen. May Allah be please with him and his soul be rest in peace.Ameen.