NEW DELHI: Veteran columnist and former Principal Information Officer (PIO) to the Government of India, G.S. Bhargava, passed away here on Tuesday following illness.
He was 85 and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. The funeral took place in the evening.
Mr. Bhargava served as the PIO from June 1978 to April 1980, in the post-emergency era during the Janata Party regime.
He was a noted political commentator who served as the Resident Editor of the Indian Express, Hyderabad, and as the Assistant Editor of the Hindustan Times.
He specialised in matters related to Defence and authored several books on the subject. He is remembered for his column ‘Blue Pencil,’ keeping an eagle eye on and underlining deficiencies creeping into daily journalism.
“Mr. Bhargava was an active member of the [Editors] Guild, who took active interest in the issues of press freedom and standards of journalism. Blue Pencil, his column on media reporting, was looked forward to by journalists with both eagerness and uneasiness, as he was fair, but strict on the norms of journalism and writing skills,” the Editors Guild of India said in a statement mourning his death.