The Editors Guild of India today condoled the death of veteran journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, saying he was a liberal and an ardent advocate of the freedom of the media.
Padgaonkar was a man of many talents and passions, the Guild said.
He served with UNESCO for several years, was an author and essayist, wrote with flair on the arts and also served as an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, it added.
Seventy-two-year-old Padgaonkar, a former editor of The Times of India, was unwell for the past several weeks and died at a hospital in Pune today.
"As an editor, Padgaonkar performed his role with distinction, he was regarded as a liberal and was an ardent advocate of the freedom of the media. His column on contemporary issues was widely appreciated," the Guild statement said.
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