Nayar was among the journalists who had staunchly opposed the Emergency and was jailed during that period. Nayar had served as high commissioner of India to the UK. He was also nominated as a member of the Upper House of Parliament in 1997.
He also authored 15 books, including Beyond the Lines, Distant Neighbours: A Tale of the Subcontinent, India after Nehru and others. Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lauded Nayar’s “role” during the Emergency era.
BJP president Amit Shah had also met Nayar and discussed several “transformative initiatives” of the Narendra Modi government with him as part of his party’s “Contact for Support” campaign.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Kuldip Nayar.
In a tweet, PM said:
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.
President Ram Nath Kovind has condoled the demise of Kuldip Nayar.
In a tweet, President said:
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
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has condoled the demise of Kuldip Nayar. In a tweet, Rajnath Singh said
Saddened by the demise of senior journalist, columnist & former MP, Kuldeep Nayyar. As a columnist he candidly expressed his views in his widely read column ‘Between the Lines’. His contribution to journalism will be remembered. My thoughts are with his bereaved family.
Union Sports and I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also condoled Kuldip nayar’s demise. In a tweet, rajyavardhan rathore said:
Saddened by the demise of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar. A scholar, a prolific author and former MP, he leaves behind a rich legacy in the field of journalism.