Kuldip Nayar was a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human right activist, author and ex-High commissioner of India to United kingdom noted for his long career as a left-wing political commentator.He was also nominated as a Member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament in 1997.
He was born on 14 August 1923 at Sialkot, Punjab, British India and Kuldip Nayar dies at the age of 95 on 23 August 2018.
Kuldeep Nayar Biography/Personal Information
Date Of Birth
14 August 1923
Date Of Death
23 August 2013
Sialkot, Punjab, British India(Now in Punjab,Pakistan)
Forman Christian College Lahore, Pakistan
Law College Lahore, Pakistan
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois,
Studied Journalism in 1952
India – The Critical years, (1971), Distant Neighbours – A tale of the subcontinent (1972) Suppression of judges (1974), India After Nehru (1975).
Kuldeep Nayar Family
Son -Sudhir Nayar
Gurbaksh Singh Nayar
Pooran Devi Nayar
Kuldeep Nayar Awards and Achievements
He got Astor Award for Press Freedom in year 2003.
Shaheed Niyogi Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in year 2007.
He was awarded an Alumni Merit Award by Northwestern University in 1999.
On November 23, 2015, Union Minister Arun Jaitley conferred Kuldip Nayar by the prestigious “Ramnath Goenka Smriti Award “for lifetime achievement in journalism.
Nayar’s autobiography is entitled Beyond the Lines, The book was released in July 2012.
He was the ” ex-High commissioner of India to the United Kingdom”
Lesser Known Fact about Kuldeep Nayar
Kuldeep Nayar was initially an Urdu press reporter.
He was editor of the Delhi edition of the English newspaper The Statesman.
He was also arrested at the end of the Indian Emergency (1975-77).
He was appointed High Commissioner to Great Britain in 1990 and was the member of India’s delegation to the United Nations in 1996.
He writes columns and app-eds in 14 languages for more than 80 newspapers like including Deccan Herald (Bengaluru), The Daily Star, The Sunday Guardian, The News, The Statesman, The Express Tribune Pakistan, Don Pakistan.
Nayar’s autobiography is entitled Beyond the Lines, he wrote about the collapse of trust between communities after Partition and how he was forcefully transferred to India after partition.
He also worked as Press Information officer to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
He has Written 15 Books in his Career like India After Nehru,In Jail.,Distant Neighbours – A tale of the subcontinent,Wall at Wagah – India Pakistan Relations and many more.
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Kuldeep Nayar Criticism
Nayar has been accused of supporting anti-Indian conspiracy theories.
n July 2011 US Authorities confirmed that Nayar attended many events in United States hosted by and supported by Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, which had been funded by Pakistan ISI.
Kuldeep Nayar Peace Activist
Every year since 2000, Nayar had been leading peace activists to light candles on the Independence days of Pakistan and India (14/15 August) at the Attari-Wagah India-Pakistan border near Amritsar.
Kuldeep Nayar takes part in candle light march at wagha
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