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  • Nayar was born at Sialkot, Punjab, British India on 14 August 1923.
  • He completed his B.A. (Hons.) from the Forman Christian College Lahore and LL.B. from the Law College Lahore. In 1952, he studied journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University on a scholarship.


  • Nayar was initially an Urdu press reporter. He was editor of the Delhi edition of the English newspaper The Statesman.
  • He was also a human right activist and a peace activist. He was a member of India’s delegation to the United Nations in 1996.
  • He was appointed High Commissioner to Great Britain in 1990 and nominated to the upper house of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha in August 1997.


  • He wrote syndicated columns and op-eds that were published in over 80 newspapers in 14 languages including the Deccan Herald (Bengaluru), The Daily Star, The Sunday Guardian,The News, The Statesman,The Express Tribune, Dawn, and PrabhaSakshi.
  • He had been working to free Indian prisoners in Pakistan and Pakistani prisoners in India, who have completed their sentences, but have not been set free.
  • He had started a tradition of candle vigil since 1995 at Indo-Pak Wagah Border during midnight of 14–15 August for India-Pakistan Peace through celebration of Independence Day and remembering people of both sides.


  • Ten days before his death, he had flagged off ‘AmanDosti Yatra’ which was a 40-member delegation of Aaghaz-e-Dosti that marched from Delhi to Wagah Border .This was his last public presence.
  • As a political commentator, Nayar wrote his views freely on most politically current issues.
  • Nayar has been accused of supporting anti-Indian conspiracy theories. AUTHOR
  • Kuldip Nayar has written widely about current issues and historic persons, including Jawaharlal Nehru and Barry Manilow.
  • Nayar’s autobiography is entitled Beyond the Lines. The book was released in July 2012. He was awarded with Padma Bhushan in 2019.


  • (1969) : Beyond the lines.
  • (1971) : The Critical years.
  • (1972): Distant Neighbours – A tale of the subcontinent.
  • (1973): Suppression of judges.
  • (1975) : India After Nehru.
  • (1977): The Judgment:Inside story of the emergency in India.
  • (1978):In Jail.
  • (1980):Report on Afghanistan.
  • (1992): India House
  • (2000): The Martyr : Bhagat Singh Experiments in Revolution.
  • (2003): Wall at Wagah – India Pakistan Relations.
  • (2006): Scoop! : Inside Stories from Partition to the Present.
  • (2007): Without Fear: The Life and Trial of Bhagat Singh.


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