Veteran journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of Outlook Vinod Mehta passed away in New Delhi yesterday. He was 72 years old.
Vinod Mehta launched several publications of repute such as Sunday Observer, Indian Post, The Independent, The Pioneer (Delhi) and Outlook. He served as Outlook’s Editor-In-Chief and was Editorial Chairman of the publication. He also authored many books including Meena Kumari and Sanjay Gandhi’s biography, Mr Editor, How Close Are You To The PM? and his memoirs, Lucknow Boy.
Mehta regularly featured on talk shows and was a highly revered figure in the journalistic community. He was said to have been suffering from long-term illness.
There has been an outpouring of tweets on Vinod Mehta’s demise.
Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Frank & direct in his opinions, Vinod Mehta will be remembered as a fine journalist & writer. Condolences to his family on his demise.
APJ Abdul Kalam @APJAbdulKalam
Sad the passing away of veteran journalist Shri Vinod Mehta ji..
Vasundhara Raje @VasundharaBJP
Saddened by the news of demise of veteran journalist Vinod Mehta. His devotion to journalism will be a source of inspiration for generations
Markandey Katju @mkatju
Vinod Mehta was a brave man. If there were more like him in the profession, journalism would not be in the state it is in India today.
bhupendra chaubey @bhupendrachaube
Vinod mehta; the editorial chairman of outlook passes away; RIP in sir. You were an institution
Prasanna Viswanathan @prasannavishy •
It's tough to despise Vinod Mehta. The man was courageous enough to declare himself as a stooge who was in the service of the dynasty
Arun Jaitley @arunjaitley
Vinod Mehta’s death is a loss to journalism. His absence will be felt in every debate.
Rajdeep Sardesai @sardesairajdeep •
An iconic editor and friend passes away. Brave and irreverent till the end. Vinod Mehta RIP.
agarika Ghose @sagarikaghose •
My much loved @Outlookindia boss Vinod Mehta is gone: we will miss you greatly Vinod, and India will miss your irreverent valiant voice. RIP
Shekhar Gupta @ShekharGupta •
#VinodMehta, we agreed often, disagreed sometimes. With principled passion & beliefs. Most of all, a fellow dog lover. You'll be missed. RIP
Vikram Chandra @vikramchandra
RIP Vinod Mehta. You will be missed by all of us. “
Rajyavardhan Rathore @Ra_THORe
Sad to know abt d demise of eminent journalist & writer par excellence Sh. Vinod Mehta. May God give courage to bereaved family members. RIP
barkha dutt @BDUTT
May you rest in peace Vinod Mehta. God Bless