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New Delhi, August 1, 2011
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni today condoled the death of veteran journalist and former Lok Sabha member Inder Jit, who passed away here yesterday after a prolonged illness.
Mr Inder Jit, 84, who was suffering from cancer, was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) some days ago and breathed his last after a cardiac arrest yesterday, sources said.
The journalist is credited with playing a major role in the negotiation of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council agreement in 1988 between the GNLF and the Centre. He was later elected to the Lok Sabha from Darjeeling in 1989 and 1991.
Mr Inderjit began his career as a journalist with the Hindustan Times in 1948 and later worked for various newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph and The Times of London. He worked for some time for The Times of India, including as its Pakistan correspondent.
He joined the Indian News and Features Alliance (INFA) as its Editor in 1962 and became its Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief.
Ms Soni said that, as the Editor of INFA, Mr Inder Jit set new standards of objective, credible, fair and impartial reporting.
She said his contribution as Member of Parliament would always be remembered for his incisive comments and interventions during debates on the floor of the House.
"His death is a tremendous loss to the nation," she added.