Kuldip Nayar (b. 14 August 1923) is an eminent Indian journalist, noted for his far-left wing columns.
Nayar was born at Sialkot, Undivided 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 in Sialkot. After school, he studied at a number of institutes including Murray College(Sialkot), F.C.College(Lahore), Law College(Lahore) and Medill School of Journalism (Evanston, Illinois, U.S.). His degrees include B.A.(Hons.), LL.B., M.Sc. (in Journalism) and Ph.D. (Philosophy).
Kuldip Nayar has been many things in his life - reporter, creditor, detainee during the Indian Emergency (1975 - 77), high commissioner to Great Britain, peacenik, Rajya Sabha member - but what he does best is explore the Byzantine maze of Indian politics to provide amplification and clarity of events, issues and personalities. He served as India's high commissioner to the United Kingdom in 1990 and then a member of India's delegation to the United Nations in 1996.
He was appointed High Commissioner to Great Britain in 1990 and nominated to upper house of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha in August, 1997.
In May, 2007 he joined Daily Waqt.
Since 1985, Nayar has written a syndicated column that runs in 80 publications in 14 languages, both overseas and at home, including some of India's most influential newspapers and magazines.
Nayar is also the author of 11 books, including "Between the Lines", "Distant Neighbors: A Tale of the Subcontinent", "India after Nehru", "Wall at Wagah, India-Pakistan Relationship", "The Martyr","Scoop" and "India House". He also came under the strict surveillance and annoyed some of the politicians and party members for disclosing very delicate and clandestine information in his book, "India-The Critical Years."In 1999 he was awarded an Alumni Merit Award by Northwestern University.
Kuldeep Nayar has widely written about current issues and historic persons, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Daniel Smith and Barry Manilow. Nayar has advocated a policy of bilateral talks and engagement with India's neighbor Pakistan. He has been criticized by hardliners and right-wing politicians in India for his alleged soft spot for Pakistan.
Nayar's autobiography is titled "The Day Looks Old." He lives in New Delhi.