The Editors Guild of India is considering a proposal to honour the memory and contribution of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, who died here at the age of 95.

Being the Editors Guild’s founding member and former president, Nayar provided the organisation with “energetic and visionary leadership”, it said in a statement.

“Known to be a reporter’s editor, Kuldip Nayar held many leadership positions in news organisations including The Statesman and The Indian Express, where he provided both edge and depth to its formidable team of reporters and editors. His many legendary news scoops will continue to inspire generations of young journalists for their sharpness, credibility, speed and standards of due diligence,” it said.

 

The editors’ body also remembered how Nayar, who was one of the doyens of Indian journalism, fought the Emergency, that had imposed curbs on media freedom, through his writings and for which he was also jailed.

“The Guild will also soon consider a proposal to honour Kuldip Nayar’s memory and contributions to journalism,” the statement said.

A prolific writer and an author of many books, Nayar was also a human rights activist and had been appointed India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and later nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

Nayar died on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday at a private hospital in Delhi. He is survived by his wife and two sons.