Condolences have poured in on the death of senior journalist, author and human rights activist Kuldeep Nayar, who died at a hospital in Delhi at the age of 95. He died at the Escorts Hospital at 12.30 a.m, while his cremation will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
Born on August 14, 1923, in Sialkot (Pakistan), Nayar was among the country’s first syndicated columnists and wrote several books. He was appointed High Commissioner to the UK in 1990 and nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1997.
Nayar, according to a report by IANS, started his journalistic career with the Urdu daily Anjam in 1948. He worked in the Press Information Bureau as a Press Officer to then Home Ministers Govind Ballabh Pant and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
He was the editor and General Manager of United News of India (UNI) and also the editor of The Statesman. He also worked with the Indian Express, The Times, The Spectator and the Evening Star.
He was also the author of 15 books including Beyond the Lines, India after Nehru and Emergency Retold.
Journalist Sagarika Ghose tweeted, “Rest in Peace Kuldeep Nayar sir. You will always remain an inspiration.” Activist Tehseen Poonawalla tweeted, “When we launched the @StopMobLynching campaign #KuldeepNayyar ji was there to bless & guide us. Today #KuldipNayar ji leaves a void in our lives & in our country that will be difficult to fill. Miss u sir!!”
Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan wrote, “My deepest condolences on sad demise of veteran journalist #KuldeepNayyar ji, who was among noted conscience keepers of our times. An excellent Parliamentarian,a fine diplomat & a fearless votary of the freedom of the Press, he was jailed during the dark phase of Emergency. RIP”
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “My condolences on the passing away of noted journalist, former diplomat & parliamentarian #KuldeepNayyar. His commentary on contemporary politics & untiring efforts to champion freedom of expression will be missed. #RIP”