Kuldip Nayar was an eminent Indian Journalist, Diplomat, Columnist, and an Author whose contribution towards India will be remembered and cherished by all Indians. He started his career as a press reporterto being a powerful and bold journalist, Kuldip had taken the responsibilities in various different capabilities like that of being a press information officer to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtriand Congress leader and Union Home Minister Govind Ballabh Pant, a writer, a High Commissioner to Great Britain, etc. He had played an important role in media during the 1975 emergency and was even put behind the bars for his active media coverage on the emergency. Here are some interesting facts about Kuldip Nayar that you must know.
Kuldip Nayar was born on 14 August 1923 in Sialkot, Punjab, British India (now, in Punjab, Pakistan). After the partition of India and Pakistan, he moved to India on 14 August 1947. He worked as a reporter for an Urdu press, an editor of an English newspaper, and was selected as a High Commissioner to Great Britain. He was also nominated as Rajya Sabha member in the Indian Parliament, are some of his jobs, among others. Kuldip Nayar was also a peace activist and a human right activist. On 23 August 2018, India lost and mourned the death of Kuldip Nayar.
He was suffering from Pneumonia (An infection that inflames air sacs in one or both the lungs, which may fill it with fluid) and passed away on 23 August 2018 after celebrating his 95th birthday earlier that month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind expressed their condolences and tweeted over his death.
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.
On 14 August 2018, he was born to father, Gurbaksh Singh Nayar, and mother, Pooran Devi Nayarin Sialkot, Punjab, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan). He was married to Bharti Sachar and the couple was blessed with two sons, Rajiv Nayar who is a Senior Advocate of Supreme Court and Sudhir Nayar.