Mumbai: Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar passed away on Friday in Pune. He had been ailing for some time.
72-year-old Padgaonkar, a former editor of The Times of India, was unwell for past several weeks and died at a hospital in Pune, family sources said.
He began his career as a journalist in 1968 as The Times of India’s Paris correspondent. He became the newspaper’s editor in 1988, a post he held for six years.
Padgaonkar was part of a three-member team of interlocutors appointed by the UPA government in 2010 to hold talks with all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir.
He served the paper in various capacities before he was appointed its editor in 1988, a post he held for six years.
In between, from 1978 to 1986, he also worked with UNESCO in Bangkok and Paris.
Padgaonkar was appointed as one of the members of the three-member Interlocutors Group on Jammu and Kashmir, set up by the government after continuous unrest in the Valley in 2008.
India Today TV’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted: “My first editor Dileep Padgaonkar, a man of culture and intellect, someone who encouraged young talent, has passed away. RIP.”
Senior journalist Siddharth Varadarajan said, “Just heard that my friend and former editor, Dileep Padgaonkar, passed away in Pune. Terrible loss, feel gutted.”