Former Editor in Chief of the ‘Times of India’ Dilip Padgaonkar passed away today morning in Pune. He was ailing for some time. The veteran Journalist was part of a three-member interlocutors team that was chosen by the Centre in 2010 to hold dialogues with all sections of the people in Jammu and Kashmir. Other members of the panel were Prof. M. M. Ansari, Information Commissioner and Prof. Radha Kumar.
Soon after news of his passing away spread, several well known people took to Twitter to share their emotions and condolences.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “Very saddened by passing away of dear friend, veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar. Condolences to the family. RIP @dpadgaonkar.”
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 25, 2016
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, “Sad to know about the passing away of Dileep Padgaonkar, one of the most well-known editors of our time. #RIP.”
“My first editor Dileep Padgaonkar, a man of culture and intellect, someone who encouraged young talent, has passed away. RIP,” India Today anchor Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted.
My first editor Dileep Padgaonkar, a man of culture and intellect, someone who encouraged young talent, has passed away. RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 25, 2016
Times of India journalist Sagarika Ghose tweeted “Terribly saddened to hear that my first boss at @timesofindia and old friend Dileep Padgaonkar has passed away. RIP.”
Dilip Padgaonkar started his career in journalism at the age of 24 and joined Times of India as its Paris correspondent in June 19868 after receiving a doctorate in humanities from the Sorbonne. He was the editor of the paper for six years from 1988. Before this , he also worked with UNESCO in Bangkok and Paris.