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Renowned Indian-origin journalist Who Started Miss India South Africa Pageant dies

Indian-Origin Journalist in South Africa no more

Indian-Origin South Africa journalist Farook Khan no more

Farooq Khan, an Indian-origin journalist and cultural activist, died of cancer in his hometown of Durban.

77-years-old Khan gained fame for his investigative journalism during apartheid was at its peak in South Africa.

Farook Khan, whose ancestors were from Maharashtra, took his last breath on 4 September after being hospitalized for three weeks.

Khan made his valuable contribution to journalism for six decades. He did investigative journalism while working in various media institutions and raised severe issues like apartheid.

Due to this, he had to face the wrath of the apartheid-era government.

Khan also received death threats from the underworld that he exposed.

Under Miss India Worldwide Pageant, Khan also started Miss India South Africa Pageant.

Steven Naidoo (right), Barbara Cole and Farook Khan at the Independent Newspapers office in Durban

Miss India South AfricaPageant provided a new platform for hundreds of young women from the diaspora community.

After initial scepticism in the conservative community in South Africa, Khan guided hundreds of girls and women to participate in this competition and many other cultural events.

Farook Khan

Many journalists, who were mentored by Khan, paid tributes and scores of them attended the funeral as well.

Founder of the organization, Dharmatma Saran said, “Farooq had been associated with us for 29 years, and he was part of our family by hosting the international Miss India Worldwide four times in South Africa and offering to host it again in 2021 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.”

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