South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights activists, mourns the loss of veteran journalist and human rights activist Kuldip Nayar. His participation in SAHR’s formation since its first conference at Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan has enriched the work of the organisation.
Kuldip Nayar passed away in the early morning on 23 August 2018 at the age of 95. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Nayar had an eclectic career as a journalist, activist and political commentator. He was the former editor of The Statesman and The New Indian Express. He wrote for many regional and international media organisations and authored 15 books.
Nayar was noted for his championing of progressive causes, including peace and reconciliation between India and Pakistan. He criticised actions that violated human rights across the region, including in India and Pakistan, and spoke out against atrocities committed during Bangladesh’s war of independence.
His reporting and advocacy transcended South Asian borders and sought to heal the scars of partition. He continued to speak out on human rights concerns and on issues of democracy and accountability in South Asia.
On behalf of the members of South Asians for Human Rights: