Kuldip Nayar, veteran Indian journalist and author, passed away at a Delhi hospital late Wednesday night. He was 95.
According to Indian media, the senior journalist is survived by his wife and two sons. A human rights activist, Nayar was a renowned left-wing political commentator.
He contributed a weekly opinion piece for The Express Tribune too.
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Nayar was known for his efforts to improve relations between India and Pakistan. He led various peace initiatives including lighting candles on independence days of Pakistan and India at the Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar.
Born in August 1923 in British India, Nayar spent his early childhood and youth in Pakistan. He graduated from Forman Christian College before pursuing law in Lahore. In 1952, he moved to Illinois, United States to study journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
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Nayar began his journalism career at Anjam – an Urdu newspaper. He went on to head various Indian newspapers including The Indian Express, The Statesman and contributed in over 80 newspapers in 14 languages including Deccan Herald, The Daily Star, The Sunday Guardian.
In 2015, he was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to journalism.
He authored 15 books including Beyond the Lines, India after Nehru and Emergency Retold.
Nayar, who was appointed high commissioner to the UK in 1990, was also a member of the Indian delegation to the United Nations in 1996. He was nominated as a member of the upper house of Indian parliament in 1997 too.