Beyond the Lines: An Autobiography
As a young law graduate in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), Kuldip Nayar
witnessed at first hand the collapse of trust between Hindus and Muslims
who were living together for generations, and like multitude of
population he was forced to migrate to Delhi across the blood-stained
plains of Punjab. From his perilous journey to a new country and to his
first job as a young journalist in an Urdu daily, Nayar's account is also
the story of India. From his days as a young journalist in Anjam to
heading India's foremost news agency, UNI and from mainstream journalism
to starting his now immensely popular syndicated column, Between the
Lines, Nayar has always stood for the freedom of press and journalism of
Widely respected for his columns, his autobiography opens on the day Pakistan Resolution was passed in Lahore in 1940 and takes us on a journey through India's story of a nation working on its foreign policy, development plans, relations with neighboring countries, and dealing with coalition politics among others. From events of historical and political relevance like Tashkent Declaration and the 1971 war and the liberation of Bangladesh, to interviewing Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mujibur Rahman and from meeting Pakistan's father of nuclear bomb, Dr A.Q. Khan, to his close association with Lal Bahadur Shastri and Jayaprakash Narayan, Nayars narrative is a detailed inside view of India since 1947.
About the Author
A veteran journalist and former member of Parliament, Kuldip Nayar is India's most well known and widely syndicated journalist. He was born in Sialkot in 1923 and educated at Lahore University before migrating to Delhi with his family at he time of Partition. He began his career in the Urdu newspaper Anjam and after a spell in the USA worked as information officer of Lal Bahadur Shastri and Govind Ballabh Pant.
He eventually became Resident Editor of the Statesman and managing editor of the Indian news agency UNI. He corresponded for the Times for twenty-five years and later served as Indian high commissioner to the UK during the V.P. Singh government. His stand for press freedom during the Emergency, when he was detained; his commitment to better relations between India and Pakistan, and his role as a human rights activist have won him respect and affection in both countries. Author of more than a dozen books, his weekly columns are read across South Asia.