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Daljit Sehbai, former president of Indian Journalists Association, passes away

Sehbai had been presented the royal honour of MBE in 2016 for services to social cohesion by Prince Charles.

world Updated: Jun 27, 2017 21:05 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, London
Daljit Sehbai,Indian Journalists Association,Prince Charles
Sehbai was also chairman of the Reform Club and founded the National Council of British Indians.(HT Photo)

Tributes were paid on Tuesday to Daljit Sehbai, the former president of the Indian Journalists Association, who passed away aged 85 after a long career in London as a media professional.

Born in Nowshera in present-day Pakistan, Sehbai came to England to study law, and stayed on to pursue a career in the media industry, including as the UK representative of the India Today newsmagazine.

Sehbai was presented the royal honour of MBE in 2016 for services to social cohesion by Prince Charles.

“He was an Englishman, but proud to be an Indian”, said senior journalist Amit Roy, as friends and family recalled their memories of Sehbai at the funeral service in the Putney Vale Cemetery. A wreath was placed on behalf of the IJA.

The Indian high commission was represented at the funeral service by Srinivas Gotru, director of the Nehru Centre.

Sehbai, who was elected president of the IJA in 2016, was also chairman of the Reform Club and founded the National Council of British Indians.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 21:05 IST