Dileep Padgaonkar, a former executive editor of The Times of India, who famously said that next to the prime minister, he (TOI editor) held the most important job in the country, has joined the country’s most read English daily as a consulting editor. According to a company source, Padgaonkar, who runs his own firm–Asia Pacific Communication Associates–will devote a day or two in a week to work at TOI’s edit pages. TOI’s edit pages editor, Gautam Adhikari, had stepped down recently. Swagato Ganguly will remain the edit pages editor at TOI, with Padgaonkar serving in a consulting role, our source said. Padgaonkar could not be reached for comment as he is travelling overseas.
Padgaonkar is an old TOI hand, having first joined the daily in 1968 as its foreign correspondent in Paris. In 1988, he was named the editor of TOI.