Who: Veteran journalist Aroon Tikekar
When: 19 January 2016
Senior journalist and scholar Aroon Tikekar passed away on 19 January 2016 in Mumbai. He was 72.
Tikekar, who has written over 20 books, passed away due to breathing-related complications.
About Aroon Tikekar
• Aroon Tikekar worked as a college teacher for some years.
• Then, he became the Language and Literature Expert and Acquisitions Specialist at the US Library of Congress Office in New Delhi.
• His career in newspapers started with a job as Reference Chief with the Times of India. As Archival Research Chief at the Times of India, he was responsible for writing the official history of the 150 years old newspaper.
• From 1991 to 2002, he worked as an editor of the Marathi newspaper Loksatta.
• He is also the recipient of several literary and journalism awards.
• In June 2010, as President of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, he inaugurated the Observer Research Foundation’s [email protected] Study Centre.
• In October 2010, he lashed out against the University of Mumbai’s decision to drop Rohinton Mistry’s controversial book Such a Long Journey from its syllabus.