Rest in power: Condolences pour in for Kuldip Nayar

PM Modi, Shehbaz Sharif take to Twitter to express grief

News Desk August 23, 2018
Kuldip Nayar. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Politicians, journalists and others expressed grief over the demise veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar on Thursday.

A human rights activist and author of 15 books, Nayar was a renowned left-wing political commentator.

He penned weekly opinion pieces for The Express Tribune.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer condolences. "Kuldip Nayar was an intellectual giant of our times. Frank and fearless in his views, his work spanned across many decades,:" he said. "His strong stand against the Emergency, public service and commitment to a better India will always be remembered. Saddened by his demise. My condolences."

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"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."

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry expressed grief over the demise. "Nayar used his pen to end hate and bring people together."

"With the passing away of Kuldeep Nayyar, an era of journalism for peace is over," said former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Editors Guild of India described Nayar as "one of the doyens of Indian journalism and a founder member of the Guild."

Senior journalist Hamid Mir reminisced a discussing Indo-Pak peace strategies.

"Kuldip Nayar, an outstanding journalist who had always written on peace between Pakistan and India and played his role as a peace lover," said senior journalist Mazhar Abbas.

"India’s first reporter to become editor in an era when top newsroom jobs were reserved for editorialists," remembered Shekhar Gupta, founder of The Print.

"A journalist and editor who was an inspiration to several generations, who was committed to peace and democracy, who resisted all forms of authoritarian tendencies, and challenged the sword with the pen," tweeted senior Indian journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

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Jude | 2 years ago | Reply RIP. I knew him through his writings for ET. A great writer and I am sure a good human being. Hope we learn from his integrity.
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