Former PIO G.S. Bhargava dead

September 22nd, 2009 - 5:29 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Sep.22 (ANI): Former Principal Information Officer (PIO) to the Government of India, G.S. Bhargava, died in the capital on Tuesday. He was 85. He was unwell and undergoing treatment for the last three months.

His wife Lily Bhargava, and two sons, Prakash and Ajeet and daughter Pushpa survive Mr. Bhargava.

A noted political commentator Mr. G. S. Bhargava, was the Resident Editor of the Indian Express, Hyderabad, and Assistant Editor of the Hindustan Times. He was Principal Information Officer of the Government of India from 1978 to 1980 during the rule of the Janata Government.

Mr. Bhargava had a journalistic experience of over four decades, which was capped by stints at the Centre for International Studies, Harvard (1973-74), the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London (1976), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1980 and 1990), and the Centre for Policy Studies, New Delhi (1993).

Mr. Bhargava was a person with wide travel experience in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He attended the International Human Rights Conference and was a delegate to a UNESCO session in Paris in 1979. He also spent a term in Moscow as a visiting scholar at the Institute of Oriental Studies.

He worked as a correspondent in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal and authored several books, including an account of the India-Pakistan war of 1965, Soviet Union’s involvement in Afghanistan and an English version of the writings of former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. He wrote the biographies of former President V.V.Giri, former Prime Minister Morarji Desai and former Chief Minister of undivided Punjab Bhim Sen Sachar.

The last rites of Mr. G. S. Bhargava will take place at the Lodi crematorium at 6.p.m. today. (ANI)

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