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Inder Malhotra a stalwart of journalism: PM Modi

india Updated: Jun 12, 2016 11:07 IST
Inder Malhotra

Veteran journalist Inder Malhotra passed away at 86 on Saturday, June 12, 2016. (You Tube screengrab)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described eminent journalist Inder Malhotra as a “stalwart” of journalism and expressed sadness at his death.

“Shri Inder Malhotra was a stalwart of Indian journalism, whose work will always be respected & remembered. Saddened by his demise. RIP,” Modi tweeted on Sunday.

Malhotra, who helmed a string of top publications and was an accomplished political commentator, passed away on Saturday at the age of 86.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Congress President Sonia Gandhi have expressed grief at Malhotra’s demise.

Malhotra began his career at the United Press of India news agency and went on to hold editorial positions at leading dailies.

He was editor of The Times of India, New Delhi from 1978-86. Before that he worked for The Statesman for 15 years, first as the political correspondent and chief of the bureau and then as deputy editor.

In his later years, Malhotra turned a columnist for various publications and offered deep insights into India’s political history through his writings, most notably through his column ‘Rear View’.

Malhotra, a recipient of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award (Lifetime Achievement), also authored few books including former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s biography, ‘Indira Gandhi: A Personal & Political Biograpy (1989)’.