Dileep Padgaonkar passes away

New Delhi, November 25
Senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar passed away on Friday morning in Pune. The veteran journalist was 72 years old. He was a former editor of the The Times of India. He began his career in journalism at the age of 24 and joined Times of India as its Paris correspondent after receiving a doctorate in humanities from the Sorbonne in June 1968.
He served as its editor for six years from 1988. From 1978 to 1986, he worked with UNESCO in Bangkok and Paris. Recently he was among the Kashmir introlocutors appointed by the UPA.
Meanwhile, Governor N.N. Vohra has expressed grief over the sad demise of Dileep Padgaonkar, veteran journalist and a former J&K Interlocutor, whom the Governor had known for many years. In a message of condolence the Governor has prayed for the peace to the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the
bereaved family. Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has deeply mourned the demise of renowned journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, who passed away at Pune this morning.
In her condolence message, the Chief Minister described Padgaonkar as a journalist par excellence whose death has resulted in a terrible loss to the country. She also vividly remembered his interest in the affairs of the J&K state, especially as a part of the Interlocutors group framed on Jammu and Kashmir.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing away of the veteran journalist and editor who made a huge contribution in the field of journalism,” the Chief Minister said.