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Senior Journalist and former TOI editor Dilip Padgaonkar passes away

Considered as a staunch critic of religious fundamentalism, the veteran journalist spoke tirelessly against communalism, Hindu nationalism and terrorism
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Journalist and intellectual Dilip Padgaonkar passed away in Pune, aged 72.

Dr. Sanjay Pathare, Director, medical services of Ruby Hall clinic where the journalist was admitted said the cause of death was heart attack.

The multilingual Padgaonkar joined Times of India as its Paris correspondent before he was appointed as its editor in 1988. He had remained in the post for six years. He also served with UNESCO in Bangkok and Paris from 1978 to 1986.

Considered as a staunch critic of religious fundamentalism, the veteran journalist spoke tirelessly against communalism, Hindu nationalism and terrorism.His views were highlighted in his book When Bombay burned (which he edited, on the 1992-3 Mumbai riots) and numerous essays and articles.

Equally passionate about arts, he wrote a book on Italian cinema giant Roberto Rossellini’s short stay in India named ‘Under her Spell’.

Tributes from eminent journalists including Founder editor and former editor of The Hindu Siddharth Varadarajan and Rajdeep Sardesai flowed following the news of demise of Padgaonkar.

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