Senior Journalist Kuldeep Nayyar (95) passed away on Wednesday night at Escorts Hospital in Delhi. His last rites will be held on Thursday at 1 pm at Lodhi crematorium in Delhi.
Nayyar started his career in Urdu journalism and worked as an Editor in ‘The Statesman’, an English language broadsheet newspaper. He was also a human rights activist and a peace activist. He was in prison during the Emergency imposed by ex-prime minister Indira Gandhi.
In his long career, he served as press information officer to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri and veteran Congress leader and Union Home Minister Govind Ballabh Pant.
Kuldeep Nayyar was appointed High Commissioner to Great Britain in 1990 and was also a member of India’s delegation authority to the United Nations in 1996. He was nominated to the upper house of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha in August 1997.
He was known for his brave and intellectual writings and had penned dozens of books such as 'Between the Lines', 'Scoop! - Inside stories from Partition to the present', and 'Distant Neighbours: A tale of the Subcontinent'.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Nayyar as ‘Intellectual Giant’ and wrote on his Twitter wall, “Kuldip Nayar was an intellectual giant of our times. Frank and fearless in his views, his work spanned across many decades. His strong stand against the Emergency, public service and commitment to a better India will always be remembered. Saddened by his demise. My condolences.”
President of India Ram Nath Kovind also wrote on his Twitter handle.