A two-decade old (almost) obit of a journalist of Goan origin,
mentioned earlier in these columns... Thanks to Eddie Fernandes (UK)
for posting it. FN


Obituary of Mr Anthony Mascarenhas

The Times (London)

December 8,  1986

Full Text:

Mr Anthony Mascarenhas, journalist, whose exposure of Pakistan army
atrocities created a world-wide sensation in 1971, died on December 3.
He was 58.

Neville Anthony (Tony), Mascarenhas was born at Belgaum, near Goa, on
July 10, 1928. A Roman Catholic, he was educated at St Patrick's
College, Karachi, before joining Reuters in Bombay in 1948.

At the time of partition he was sent to Karachi to start their operation
in the new state of Pakistan. He then helped to found Pakistan's own
news agency, APP.

In 1958 he joined the Times of Karachi as assistant editor, and the same
year visited the United States on a leadership exchange under the
auspices of the American embassy, travelling from coast to coast and
meeting President Eisenhower.

From 1961 to 1971 he worked for the Morning News, mainly as assistant
editor, though for two years (1963-5) he was its correspondent in India,
and in 1965 was interned there with his family for three months while
India and Pakistan were at war.

In 1970 he was recruited by The Sunday Times, for which paper he wrote,
the following year, the report from East Bengal which profoundly
influenced opinion in the outside world, and which changed the course of
his life.

He and his family had to leave their home and all their possessions in
Karachi. He arrived in Britain on June 12, 1971, and the following day
his three-page story appeared in The Sunday Times. It was quoted all
over the world and won him awards from IPC and What the Papers Say. But
it also earned him the bitter hatred of Pakistan's military regime, and
for time he had reason to fear for his life.

From then onwards he lived in Britain, writing for newspapers here and
abroad. In 1976 he became an Indian citizen, though at the time of his
death he was intending to apply for British citizenship. Large and
thick-set, but gently spoken, Mascarenhas was a likeable man, with
varied interests as well as courage and conviction.

He published The Rape of Bangladesh in 1972, and this year his second
book, Bangladesh: A Legacy of Blood, appeared.

He married, in 1952, Yvonne Gertude D'Souza, who survives him with their
daughter and four sons.
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