Kuldip Nayar (b 1923) is a veteran journalist, columnist, writer and human rights activist who has also been the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and a Rajya Sabha member in the past.
Born in Sialkot, now in Pakistan, Mr Nayar studied journalism at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University before starting his career as an Urdu press reporter. He went on to become the Editor of the New Delhi edition of The Statesman and was even arrested towards the end of the emergency.
Wide respected for his views on social, political and diplomatic isues, Mr Nayar has been a prolific writer over the years. He has been writing columns for more than 80 national and international newspapers and magazines which are published in different languages.
Mr Nayar has also authored more than 15 books, including Distant Neighbours: A Tale of the Subcontinent,India after Nehru,Wall at Wagah, India-Pakistan Relationship, The Judgement,The Martyr, Scoop and India House. His autobiography, Beyond the Lines was released in 2012. In 1999, he was awarded an Alumni Merit Award by Northwestern University
He has also been campaigning to ensure the release of Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistan jails and Pakistani prisoners in India who have completed their sentence.