My father, a prolific reader of literature about the historical events connecting India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, was a great admirer of Indian writer-columnist Kuldip Nayar. “Don't miss it,” he would tell me, about Nayar's weekly column published by The Daily Star. I often heard my father say that Muhammad Ali Jinnah used to be called an “ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity”.
Kuldip Nayar belonged to a rare breed of journalists. Fearless and uncompromising, Mr Nayar fought against oppression and social injustice his entire life. He was a true champion of democracy and human rights, who never fumbled or faltered to tell the truth or to speak his mind.
It was literally a magical moment when Kuldip Nayar (Kuldip Ji to all who loved and admired him) first stepped into the newsroom of
Kuldip Nayar, one of the doyens of Indian journalism and renowned author-cum rights activist who fiercely fought for media freedom and civil liberties, dies in a hospital in Delhi. He was 95.
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