Journalists took to Twitter to pay their tributes to senior journalist Vinod Mehta, who died in Delhi's AIIMS hospital on Sunday morning.
"An iconic editor and friend passes away. Brave and irreverent till the end. Vinod Mehta RIP. In an age of Pygmy editors who won't stand up to be counted, Vinod Mehta was exceptional. The old school of Mumbai editors", tweeted senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.
Mehta, 72, was the Outlook Group's editorial chairman and had recently released his second book Editor Unplugged. He had been on a ventilatory support and had a massive cardiac arrest on Thursday.
The journalist fraternity extended condolences to their colleague, mentor, friend and inspiration:
#VinodMehta, we agreed often, disagreed sometimes. With principled passion & beliefs. Most of all, a fellow dog lover. You'll be missed. RIP— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) March 8, 2015
May you rest in peace Vinod Mehta. God Bless— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) March 8, 2015
Feisty, independent, liberal, honest, irreverent, loyal to colleagues and friends, Vinod Mehta was a great editor. We shall really miss him.— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) March 8, 2015
Mourning Vinod Mehta the last of an old guard of Bombay journos who made the shift to Delhi but lost none of his irreverence or decency.— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) March 8, 2015
My condolences on the passing away of Vinod Mehta, my former boss and the Last Editor Standing. Praying for his soul and his family.— Pankaj Pachauri (@PankajPachauri) March 8, 2015
My former and much beloved editor, Vinod Mehta, is no longer amongst us. A courageous, ethical and a truly great man is lost to journalism.— Saikat Datta (@saikatd) March 8, 2015
"I call my dog Editor because he is stubborn, wilful & thinks he knows everything." Vinod Mehta dies; his irreverence will be missed.— Nilanjana Roy (@nilanjanaroy) March 8, 2015
Always looked up to him as a journalist/editor, although never worked with him and often disagreed with his views. RIP Vinod Mehta— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) March 8, 2015
Vinod Mehta was a fearless liberal, devoted to freedom of expression. Built some fine newspapers/mags & several distinguished careers...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 8, 2015
Cant believe VinodMehta is gone.Stood by me like a rock thro BJP threats to me at http://t.co/jrifFVNH9W sweet sir.U will be missed sorely— Sujata Anandan (@sujataanandan) March 8, 2015
Vinod Mehta was Lucknow's finest export and the tallest of all Martinians. He will be missed.— Kunal Pradhan (@_kunal_pradhan) March 8, 2015
Vinod Mehta edited Debonair, Sunday Observer, Indian Post, Independent, Pioneer, Outlook.....each was unique. One of d best editors.— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) March 8, 2015