New Delhi: Kuldip Nayar, renowned journalist, author and human rights activist passed away on Thursday. He was 95. 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". In 2015, he was honoured with 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for his contribution to journalism at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence awards in 2015. His last rites will be performed at 1pm today. Nayar also served as High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom in 1990.
Kuldip Nayar, former Editor of The Indian Express, dies at 95
Nayar was among the journalists who had staunchly opposed the Emergency imposed by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. During Emergency, he was jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) for leading a protest against the excesses of the administration.
Nayar's resistance to Emergency was also hailed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "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.
Nayar had started his career with an Urdu newspaper called Anjam. Meera Dewan, a filmmaker had also made a film called In His Inner Voice: Kuldip Nayar for Films Division. "My aim was to show the history of the Partition and post-Independent India through the journey of a man who has been the nation's conscience keeper," said Meera earlier.
-- Express Web Desk