Kuldip Nayar Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Kuldip Nayar

Real NameKuldip Nayar
Profession(s)Journalist, Diplomat, Columnist, Author
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth14 August 1923
BirthplaceSialkot, Punjab, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan)
Date of Death23 August 2018
Place of DeathNew Delhi, India
Age (at the time of death)95 Years
Death CausePneumonia
Zodiac sign/Sun signLeo
Nationality Indian
HometownSialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
SchoolNot Known
College(s)/University• Forman Christian College Lahore, Pakistan
• Law College Lahore, Pakistan
• Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, United States)
Educational Qualification(s)• B.A. (Hons.) from Forman Christian College Lahore, Pakistan
• L.L.B. from Law College Lahore, Pakistan
• Studied Journalism from Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, United States) in 1952
HobbiesReading, Writing
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Alumni Merit Award by Northwestern University (1999)
• Astor Award for Press Freedom (2003)
• Shaheed Niyogi Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jounalism (2007)
Kuldip Nayar's Lifetime Achievement Award
• Ramnath Goenka Memorial Award For Lifetime Achievement In Journalism (2015)
Girls, Affairs, and More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseBharti Sachar
ChildrenSon(s)- Rajiv Nayar (Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court)
Kuldip Nayar's son Rajiv Nayar Sudhir Nayar
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Gurbaksh Singh Nayar
Mother- Pooran Devi Nayar
SiblingsNot Known
Favourite Things
Favourite FruitMango
Favourite LeaderJawaharlal Nehru

Kuldip Nayar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Kuldip Nayar

  • He was born in Sialkot, Punjab (Pakistan) in 1924, and located to India on 14 August 1947 after India’s Partition.
  • He began his career as a press reporter with an Urdu Press.
  • Then, he worked as an editor for ‘The Statesman;’ its Delhi edition.
  • He was one of the journalists who was put in jail during the Indian Emergency (1975-1977). Here is a video of his experience in the jail:

  • In 1990, he was appointed as the High Commissioner to Great Britain.
  • Kuldip Nayar was also a peace activist and a human right activist. In 1996, he became the part of India’s delegation to the United Nations.
  • In August 1997, he was nominated as a Rajya Sabha member in the Indian Parliament.
  • He wrote op-eds (opinion editorials) and columns for almost 80 newspapers such as Deccan Herald  (Bengaluru), The News, The Daily Star, The Statesman, Dawn (Pakistan), The Sunday Guardian, PrabhaSakshi, The Express Tribune (Pakistan), and others in almost 14 languages.
  • During his long career, he also worked as a Press Information Officer to the former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and the veteran Congress leader and the former Union Home Minister Govind Ballabh Pant.
  • He has written 15 books in his career including Between the Lines, India after Nehru, Beyond the Lines, The Judgement, India- Pakistan Relationship, Distant Neighbours: A Tale of the Subcontinent, Scoop, Wall at Wagah, India House, and The Martyr.
  • An award by his name ‘Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award’ has been set up. The award is to honour people who are serving in vernacular media or have played an outstanding role in the Journalism. Ravish Kumar from NDTV is the first journalist who was honoured with this award on 19 March 2017.
  • Here is a conversation with Kuldip Nayar on his life journey: