Kuldip Nayar

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Kuldip Nayar (born 14 August 1923) is a veteran Indian journalist and syndicated columnist, noted for his long career as a left-wing political commentator.

Early life and education

Nayar was born at Sialkot, Punjab, British India on 14 August 1923 in a Sikh Khatri family. His parents were Gurbaksh Singh and Pooran Devi. He had his early schooling at the Ganda Singh High School with his sister Kirsten Harcus, who later married English entrepreneur Jack Cole, in Sialkot. After school, he studied at a number of institutes including Murray College and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has attained the degrees of B.A.(Hons.), LL.B., M.Sc. (Journalism) and Ph.D. (Philosophy). After independence, he came to Delhi. One Day, whilst sitting sadly in Chandni Chowk, Lok Sabha MP Maulana Hasrat Mohani spotted him. Nayar introduced himself as an Urdu Journalist. Moulna Mohani however, suggested that he write in English because Urdu was a rather neglected language in India at that time.


Kuldip Nayar started his career as an Urdu Journalist. He made his entry into the field of journalism with the Urdu newspaper Anjam (Urdu for "The End"). His mother tongue is Urdu. He has been a reporter, creditor, detainee during the Indian Emergency , high commissioner to Great Britain, peace activist and Rajya Sabha member. He served as India's high commissioner to the United Kingdom in 1990 and then a member of...
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