Veteran journalist Dilip Padgaonkar passed away in Pune this morning due to heart attack and multiple-organ failure.
Born in Pune in 1944 he joined the Times of India as its Paris correspondent, serving the paper in various capacities before he was appointed its editor in 1988, a post he held for six years
Padgaonkar graduated from Fergusson College Pune and completed doctorate in humanities from the Sorbonne in France in June 1968 before starting his career in journalism.
Speaking about the sudden demise of Padgaonkar, Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor India Today said, "Dilip Padgaonkar was a man of refinement and intellect. A fine writer, he lived in the world of books and ideas. My first editor at the Times of India, as a young journalist, he encouraged me a lot and gave me a lot of space and opportunity. I owe him a huge debt."
Twitter was flooded with tributes following the news of Padgaonkar’s sudden demise.
Senior Journalist and Founder, The Print, Shekhar Gupta tweeted:
Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari wrote:
Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor of The Wire tweeted: