Eminent Indian writer and journalist Kuldip Nayar passed away in New Delhi on Thursday following a brief illness. He was 95.
Nayar is a Punjabi, but was originally born in Sialkot in 1923.
When the Emergency was declared, Mr. Nayar was one of the first journalists to be put in jail.
He was deeply interested in peaceful relations between India and Pakistan. In his autobiography Beyond The Lines, he writes about his interview with Pakistan’s nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, during which the latter revealed that Pakistan had a nuclear device well before it was thought to have had it.
As a journalist, he has documented in detail, human rights violations by the State.
He was also the High Commissioner of India to the U.K. and nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Mr. Nayar.
The funeral will be conducted at 1:30pm (Bangladesh time) at the Lodhi Road crematorium in New Delhi.
Source: The Hindu