New Delhi: Condoling the passing away of Arindam Sen Gupta, Managing Editor of The Times of India, President Pranab Mukherjee in a message to his wife Swati Mitra on Friday said that an accomplished editor who was widely admired, Sen Gupta impacted many lives through journalism - pained by his demise – RIP.
"I am sad to learn about his passing away, and I pray to the Almighty to give your family and you the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to all members of your family," writes the President."
Arindam Sen Gupta was a much loved and admired personality in the world of media.
He had a long and distinguished career, especially with the Times of India group.
During a long and productive career, Sen Gupta made his mark through his writings on a range of issues, including national politics, international affairs, popular films and music," noted President Mukherjee in his letter.
"He was warm, friendly, approachable and a source of inspiration to the younger generation of journalists. And, in his death, the nation has lost an eminent journalist, who made significant contribution to establishing new standards for quality journalism in the country," the President added.
Sen Gupta passed away early on Thursday after a brief battle against cancer.
Meanwhile, condoling the demise of Sen Gupta, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "An accomplished editor who was widely admired, Arindam Sengupta impacted many lives through journalism. Pained by his demise. RIP."
Union Finance Minister and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley noted in his tweet, "Arindam Sengupta's passing away is as great loss to Journalism. A complete professional and a perfect gentleman."
After completing his Masters from Delhi University, Sen Gupta taught at Delhi University, but later switched to journalism and started working with Probe magazine (1982 to 1984).
He then joined The Patriot, where he launched the first business page in any daily newspaper.
He moved to The Sunday Observer in 1986, and joined The Times of India in 1988 for the first time. However, he returned to The Sunday Observer in 1990 as chief of bureau.
He returned to Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd in 1991 when he joined The Economic Times.
His rise in the Times Group was swift, and became political editor and editor of ET's Delhi edition, and then moved to The Times of India as editor in 2004.
He became the executive editor in 2008, and was redesignated as managing editor recently.