President, Prime Minister condole veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar's death
Kuldip Nayar breathed his last at the Escorts Hospital at 12.30 a.m. The cremation will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the death of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, remembering his "strong stand" against the Emergency, public service and commitment to a better India.
Nayar breathed his last at the Escorts Hospital here at 12.30 a.m. He was 95.
"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," the President tweeted.
Expressing his condolence, Modi tweeted: "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 remembered. Saddened by his demise. My condolences."
Nayar started his journalistic career with the Urdu daily "Anjam" in 1948. He worked in the Press Information Bureau as a Press Officer to then Home Ministers Govind Ballabh Pant and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
He was the editor and General Manager of United News of India (UNI) and also the editor of The Statesman. He also worked with the Indian Express, The Times, The Spectator and the Evening Star.
He was also the author of 15 books including "Beyond the Lines", "India after Nehru" and "Emergency Retold".
Nayar's cremation will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.