It is not everyday that you get to hear anything that borders on the mellow, let alone read, from Arnab Goswami – the angry young editor-in-chief of TimesNow.
But March 9 was a different day, for Goswami wrote a heart touching obit to the legendary editor Vinod Mehta, who passed away yesterday after a prolonged illness. He was 73.
I wish I had told Vinod in as many words, but since that day, even more than ever, I was convinced that he was the editor I never had.
The journalist community mourned his passing and wrote and tweeted on the maverick man who took both rejection and acceptance on the jaw.
A gentle obit to a fine journalist. Vinod Mehta RIP – we need more of your ilk http://t.co/4BzBpf8SKi
— Meera Sanyal (@meerasanyal) March 9, 2015
Heart-broken after hearing about Vinod Mehta’s death. He was a fab editor and a great friend. Will fondly remember him till we meet again.
— Kanchan Gupta (@KanchanGupta) March 8, 2015
Vinod Mehta knew who he was: “not a lofty intellectual but an editor with a strong instinct for what would be read.” http://t.co/wH5B4UWwOT
— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) March 8, 2015
#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
Vinod Mehta – founder editor, Outlook – passed away this morning after prolonged illness. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/HXt1vN9iAa
— The Hoot (@The_Hoot) 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
Shocked. Vinod Mehta no more. Wonderful writer, dear friend. Preceded me as editor of Sunday Observer and Pioneer. Last of the Great Editors
— Dr. Chandan Mitra (@DrChandanMitra) 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
The name of his dog was Editor. This cartoon perfectly nails the difference between his dog and others.
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— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) March 9, 2015
Vinod Mehta was known to be of sturdy, if not impeccable, integrity. It was ‘Outlook’, the magazine of which he was the founder editor, that broke the Neera Radia story and unearthed the corporate-businessmen-politician nexus. That earned his magazine the ire of Tata.
Mehta had no political leanings and spared no one as long as he sniffed a controversial story. He did not shy from telling a story as it is, as is evident from his view that a reporter must focus on the events and not get distracted about
Frank & direct in his opinions, Vinod Mehta will be remembered as a fine journalist & writer. Condolences to his family on his demise.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2015
Sad the passing away of veteran journalist Shri Vinod Mehta ji…
— APJ Abdul Kalam (@APJAbdulKalam) March 8, 2015
Vinod Mehta’s death is a loss to journalism. His absence will be felt in every debate.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 8, 2015
Vinod Mehta was an Editor of a different mould. Big loss to journalistic world. My heartfelt condolences. RIP
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) March 9, 2015
I express my heartfelt condolences to Shri Vinod Mehta’s bereaved family.His demise has left a big void in the field of journalism.
— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) March 8, 2015
Mehta was into advertising before he entered journalism with ‘Debonair’ in 1974. His artifice lay in his ability to turn a seemingly boring story into an enticing one. He knew very well how to deliver a story to make the biggest bang.
— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) March 9, 2015
Vinod Mehta was one of the few editors I met in my early days in Mumbai. He was generous & direct. Will miss him & his straight forwardness
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) March 8, 2015
Our old Interview with the irreverent Journalist, author and editor- Vinod Mehta (1942- 2015). Farewell Mr. Mehta: http://t.co/WLkVwNJxid
— newslaundry (@newslaundry) March 8, 2015