Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the death of noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, saying he was a leading public thinker whose contribution to journalism will always be remembered.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi also condoled the death of veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, saying the void created by his passing away would be hard to fill.
Gandhi also expressed her solidarity with family and friends of Padgaonkar.
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, family sources said.
He had also served as one of the three members of the interlocutors’ group on Jammu and Kashmir, set up by the previous government after continuous unrest in the Valley in 2010.