Veteran journalist and political commentator Inder Malhotra passed away in Delhi on Saturday. Malhotra, 86 had been ailing for sometime and was admitted to a hospital where he breathed his last.
Regarded as a chronicler of contemporary political history, Malhotra was the resident editor of The Statesman between 1965 and 1971, moving to The Times of India in the same capacity from 1978-1986.
He was the India correspondent for The Guardian from 1965-1978 and till recently contributed to various publications.
Author of several books, his 1991 best selling, political and personal biography of Indira Gandhi, was recently revised and released with new chapters on what he dubbed as the future of the Gandhi dynasty.
A Panjab University alumnus, Malhotra received the Ramnath Goenka Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He is survived by his son, painter Anil Revri. Malhotra’s wife Rekha predeceased him in 2007.
Condoling his death, President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted:
Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Shri Inder Malhotra, a doyen amongst Indian journalists #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) June 11, 2016
In his death, the nation has lost a veteran journalist who served as a role model for others in the profession— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) June 11, 2016
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury also reacted to his death, tweeting: “Sad to hear of the passing away of veteran journalist Inder Malhotra. He was insightful & an encyclopedia of political events #Condolences”.