New Delhi, Nov 26, 2016: Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar passed away on Friday at Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune. He was admitted to a hospital on November 18 following a heart attack. Later, he suffered multiple organ failures and was on dialysis after his kidneys stopped functioning.
Padgaonkar was a former editor of the The Times of India (TOI). He began his career in journalism at the age of 24 and joined Times of India as its Paris correspondent after receiving a doctorate in humanities from the Sorbonne in June 1968.
He was born in Pune and educated at St Vincent High School and Fergusson College in Pune, he went to France and studied for a doctorate at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
In 1978, he served with the UNESCO at Bangkok and later in Paris in different capacities with its Information Section.
The senior journalist was also part of a team of interlocutors selected by the central government to talk to all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir, in an effort to bring about peace in the state which has seen civil unrest in the past few years.
Condoling the demise of the veteran journalist the dignitaries said:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:
Mr. Dileep Padgaonkar was a leading public thinker whose contribution to journalism will always be remembered. Pained by his demise. RIP: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 25, 2016
Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that the void created by his death will be hard to fulfil for he espoused a brand of mature, balanced and unwavering journalism that’s gradually hard to find.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal tweeted:
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also tweeted:
Sad to know about the passing away of Dileep Padgaonkar, one of the most well known editor of our time #RIP
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 25, 2016