Veteran Kuldip Nayar, renowned journalist, author and human rights activist passed away in Delhi. He was 95. Nayar died at around 12:30 am at a private hospital Nayar, a former editor of The Indian Express, was also the author of 15 books including “Beyond the Lines”, “India after Nehru” and “Emergency Retold”.
He also served as High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom in 1990 and as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1997. Kuldip Nayar was among the journalists who had staunchly opposed the Emergency and was jailed during that period.
Nayar born in Sialkot of Pakisthan in 1923, graduated in law. He studied journalism and began his career with an Urdu newspaper called Anjam. He later headed various newspapers in Delhi. He was a widely known columnist and wrote for newspapers both in India and outside. He is survived by his wife and two sons. His son Sudhir Nayar said that his last rites will be performed at 1pm today at Lodhi crematorium in Delhi.
Paying tributed to Nayar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled his heroic resistance to Emergency and said “I respect veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar ji, he fought for freedom during the emergency, he may be a harsh critic of us but I salute him for this,” he had said. Condoling Nayar’s death, Modi today called him an “intellectual giant” and “frank and fearless.”