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Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar passes away

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Dion Global

25 Nov 2016

A well-known author and former editor of Times Of India, Dileep Padgaonkar died at a private hospital in Pune on Friday morning, officials said.

The 72-year old journalist was admitted to the Ruby Hospital on November 18 following a massive heart attack, said the media reports.

Later, he suffered multiple organ failures and was on dialysis after his kidneys stopped functioning, as per the IANS report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his death through tweet: “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”.

The Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari has also condoled the passing away of eminent journalist Dileep Padgaonkar. In a message, he said that Padgaonkar was his cherished colleague on the National Minorities Commission and his passing away was a personal loss to him.

Following is the text of Vice President’s message:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the sad demise of eminent journalist Shri dileep Padgaonkar. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

A humanist and a tireless advocate of public causes, Shri Padgaonkar was a cherished colleague of mine on the National Minorities Commission. His passing away is a personal loss even as the nation has lost a brilliant editor and a voice for the marginalized.

I pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul.”

In 1978, Dileep Padgaonkar served with the UNESCO at Bangkok and later in Paris in different capacities with its Information Section.

Earlier, he was the Paris correspondent for Times of India and later, after coming to India, became its editor.