New Delhi (Agencies): Veteran Indian journalist , author and human rights activist Kuldeep Nayar passed away at around 12.30 am at a private hospital in New Delhi on Thursday following a brief illness.

Nayar, 95, is survived by his wife and two sons. His last rites will be performed today at the Lodhi crematorium in New Delhi.

A columnist, human right activist, author and ex-High commissioner of India to the United kingdom, he was an inspiration for generations, and a mentor to many reporters and editors over the years. Nayar was among the first journalists to be jailed during the Emergency. He was known for his uncompromising journalism and was a true conscience-keeper through his writings.

He was born in Sialkot, Punjab, British India on August 14, 1923. He was also nominated as a Member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament in 1997.

Nayar also supported the movement of Anna Hazare. He authored 15 books, including Beyond the Lines, Distant Neighbours: A Tale of the Subcontinent, India after Nehru, Wall at Wagah, India-Pakistan Relationship, The Judgement, The Martyr, Scoop and India House.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called him an “intellectual giant” and “frank and fearless.”

In his message, Pakistan’s Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the journalistic services of Kuldip Nayar to promote peace will always be remembered.