Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 18th, 2008
Tribhuvan Nath is shown at the far left, in white, at a news conference in 2002, discussing foreign investments in newspapers in India.
The well-known veteran Indian journalist Tribhuvan Nath, 86, died at 1:50 am on Monday, February 18, 2008, at his home in Panchkula, near Chandigarh, India. In addition to his newspaper work, Nath had a biological interest in Nepal, which inspired him to co-author a book entitled On The Yeti Trail: Search for the Elusive Snowman (New Delhi/London: UPB Publication, 1994; 119 pages long), with his late contemporary, Madan Mohan Gupta, a correspondent of the UPI.
Tribhuvan Nath and his co-author raised good questions about the status of Yetis, which apply to this new century:
Have the Yetis still survived in the 21st century? Are the Yetis, whose footprints have been sighted up to the mid-eighties in Nepal’s Himalayas in plenty on the verge of extinction? Or are they dwelling in some isolated stretch of lofty mountain ranges? Is there a link between the Himalayan Yeti, the Chinese snowman and Caucasus Region Almas? Many such questions have been baffling the scientists — write Madan Mohan Gupta and Tribhuvan Nath (On the Yeti Trails, UPB Publication, New Delhi-London, 1994). Scientists want hard and concrete proofs. But the elusive, nocturnal and very smart Yetis do not seem to oblige and this most inaccessible, cold, windy and extremely dangerous ‘Third Pole’ called the Himalaya, is bent on hiding them. But the scientists also with night vision gadgets and satellite tracking systems will not give up. Kathmandu Sunday Post, Sunday, July 28, 2002
The former Special Correspondent of The Times of India, Tribhuvan Nath was a versatile writer with varied interests. He had served The Times of India for more than three decades at various news locations, the last being in Chandigarh.
The Punjab News reports that Tribhuvan Nath had worked in Nepal from 1962 to 1971, with most of his time at Kathmandu. But his assignment in Nepal was cut short by “the intolerant regime of the then His Majesty Government,” as the The Punjab News notes it, following his dispatches from Nepal on Chinese designs on the Indian subcontinent. Tribhuvan Nath was compelled to leave Nepal and his press authority was forfeited by the then His Majesty Government in Nepal.
Nath’s book, Nepalese Dilemma (1975) was an international best seller, and his Patro ke Ayne Se was about the great Hindi poet, the late Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
In 1991, Nath was honored by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for his writings on the freedom struggle of the country.
Tribhuvan Nath is survived by his two daughters ~ Ms. Tripti Nath, a Principal Correspondent with The Tribune and Dr. Preeti Nath, Lecturer at Government College, Panchkula.
Government officials and journalists throughout the Indian subcontinent have sent along their condolences to the family and friends of Nath.