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Veteran journalist and author Inder Malhotra passes away at 86

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Published on 11 Jun 2016 11:52 PM GMT

Veteran journalist and author Inder Malhotra passes away at 86
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New Delhi: Veteran journalist, editor and political observer Inder Malhotra passed away in a New Delhi hospital on Saturday last. He was 86.

Malhotra complained of respiratory problems and had been on ventilator for some time. He was admitted to the hospital on May 18 and breathed his last at 1455 hours following a cardiac arrest.

One of the most deferential journalists of the country, Mr. Malhotra had worked with ‘The Statesman’ and ‘The Times of India’ as resident editor. He started his career with the 'United Press of India'. He joined it soon after graduating from the University of Punjab. He also wrote for 'The Guardian' in 1965 – 95.

Highlights:

  • Malhotra was one of the few remaining ‘political observers’ of the country, who were born before and active since India gained freedom from colonial rule in 1947.
  • He received the ‘Ramnath Goenka’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
  • His publications include Indira Gandhi: A Personal & Political Biograpy (1989), Dynasties of India And Beyond (2003), and a fresh biography of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi (2006).

Senior journalists and politicians across the country took to Twitter to pay tribute to the 'lost gem of journalism':

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