Senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar passed away at a private hospital in Pune on Friday morning.
He was 72 years old.
Padgaonkar, who was the former editor of The Times of India, began his career as a journalist at the age of 24.
He was born in Pune and studied at the St Vincent High School and Fergusson College.
He later received a doctorate in humanities from the Sorbonne in June 1968 and joined TOI as its Paris correspondent. He served the paper in various capacities before he was appointed its editor in 1988, a post he held for six years. He also worked with UNESCO in Bangkok and Paris from 1978 to 1986.
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
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
Terribly saddened to hear that my first boss at @timesofindia and old friend Dileep Padgaonkar has passed away. RIP— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) November 25, 2016
According to IANS, Padgaonkar was admitted in Ruby Hospital, Pune, on 18 November following a heart attack. He later suffered multiple organ failure.
Padgaonkar was also a member of the editorial board at WorldPost.
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