New Delhi: Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar passed away on Wednesday night in a Delhi hospital. He was 95.As per sources his last rites will be held at 1 pm today at Delhi’s Lodhi crematorium.
Nayyar died at around 12.30 AM at a private hospital, his elder son Sudhir Nayyar said. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Senior journalists, politicians, and other eminent personalities paid tribute to the veteran journalist. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolence on Nayar’s death, calling him an “intellectual giant of our times”.
Kuldip Nayar was an intellectual giant of our times. 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 23, 2018
Nayar was also an author, with 15 books to his name, and was appointed as High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom in 1990. He was also nominated as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha in 1997. Kuldip Nayar worked as a reporter in the Urdu press before becoming the editor of The Statesman in New Delhi. Kuldip Nayar was known as an editor who “refused to bend or crawl” during the Emergency under former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s tenure.