Veteran journalist, former GM of UNI Kuldip Nayar dies


New Delhi, Veteran journalist, author and human rights activist Kuldip Nayar has passed away following a brief illness here, sources said. Mr Nayar, a former General Manager of the United News of India (UNI), died here at a hospital on Wednesday night.He was 95. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Nayar. In his condolence, the President said, "sad to hear of the passing of Kuldip Nayar, veteran editor and writer, diplomat and parliamentarian, and a determined champion of democracy during the Emergency. His readers will miss him. Condolences to his family and associates.’’ Condoling the death of Mr Nayar, the PM said, "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," Prime Minister wrote. Born on August 14, 1923 in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), Mr Nayar was a renowned journalist, columnist and human rights activist. He was the High Commissioner of India in the UK and became a Rajya Sabha member in 1997. Mr Nayar, who has written several books, was also a Press Information Officer in the Central Government for many years. Besides the United News of India, he was also associated with the English dailies The Indian Express and The Statesman. He also served as a correspondent in The London Times. In recognition of his outstanding work in the field of journalism, he was awarded the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award in 2015. A strong votary for human rights, Nayar was one of the first journalists to go to jail during the movement against the Emergency.A Punjabi, Nayar was an ardent advocate of peaceful relations between India and Pakistan.