New Delhi, Feb 17 : Senior journalist Upendra Vajpeyi (86) died this morning after a brief illness at a New Delhi hospital.
Vajpeyi, India's senior parliamentary correspondent and columnist continued to serve his profession till the last day.
His writings both in Hindi and English received wide appreciation. Vajpeyi wrote a number of books and edited documents related to key areas of policy and development.
Vajpeyi, son of late Pandit Ambika Prasad Vajpeyi, a legendary Hindi Journalist, had undergone three-and-half- years imprisonment for participating in the Quit India movement in 1942.
He was elected President of the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) in 1980. He was closely associated with all India journalists movement and founded the UP press Club.
Vajpeyi also gave a humane touch to journalists' welfare measures. He pioneered two habitats for mediapersons - Press Enclave at Saket in New Delhi and the National Media Centre in Gurgaon, Haryana.
The National Media Centre under his leadership had worked for freedom of the press in South Asia in coordination with journalist organisations of the region.
Vajpeyi had served in various newspapers such as Hindustan Times, Sainik, Swatantra Bharat and Aaj.
He is survived by his wife Aruna Patel Vajpeyi, brother Raghvendra and sister Pratibha.
Last rites will take place at 11 a.m. on Febvruary 18 at the Lodhi Road electric crematorium.