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Veteran Indian journo Kuldip Nayar dies

  • Published at 01:30 pm August 23rd, 2018
Kuldip Nayar
Kuldip Nayar Collected

He lived to the age of 95

Senior Indian journalist and author, Kuldip Nayar, has died at a Delhi hospital.

He died at the age of 95 at 12:30am on Thursday, NDTV reported—quoting his family. 

Nayar is survived by his wife and two sons. He will be cremated at Lodhi crematorium in south Delhi later in the day.

According to the report, Nayar was admitted to Escorts Hospital five days ago. He was suffering from pneumonia, his elder son Sudhir Nayar said.

Born at Sialkot (now in Pakistan), Kuldip Nayar graduated with a law degree from Lahore before moving to India after the Partition. He served as high commissioner to the United Kingdom in 1990 and was also nominated for the Rajya Sabha.

In his autobiography, published in 2012, he wrote about the collapse of trust between communities after the Partition—and how he was forced to migrate to Delhi across the blood-stained plains of Punjab.

He has covered several historical turning points, from the 1971 war with Pakistan to liberate Bangladesh to the Emergency of 1975.

People tweeted condolences upon hearing about the death of the senior journalist— some of them remembering the impact of the journalism Mr Nayar pursued.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Mr Nayar's contribution to journalism will be remembered. "My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said.