He was 72. Tikekar, who worked as a college teacher for some years, had also been a Language and Literature Expert and Acquisitions Specialist at the US Library of Congress Office, New Delhi.
He was the reference chief of the Times of India and a senior assistant editor for Maharashtra Times. He was the Editor of Loksatta, Marathi newspaper of the Indian Express Group Newspaper, for over a decade (1992-2002).
Tikekar was also a former Group Editor of Lokmat and Editor Director of Sakal group of newspapers. The noted journalist authored over 20 books in Marathi as well as in English.
He is the recipient of several literary and journalism awards, and was a adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism and Communications, University of Pune.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled his demise, saying Tikekar's contribution to journalism will be remembered.
Cultural affairs minister Vinod Tawde said Tikekar highlighted various social issues through his articles. The minister also lauded Tikekar's expertise in Marathi and English writing.