Author of several books, he was active till recently contributing regular columns to newspapers.
He won the prestigious International Editor of the Year Award in New York for his role in opposing the state of Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in mid-1975. Of late, he was also critical of the Narendra Modi government on various issues like intolerance arising out of the activities of Hindutva organisations.
"He was a thorough democrat-liberal, moulded in a classical mode of journalism. He was a popular leader wherever he worked," Dua said.
He said Nihal Singh was always fair in his approach in commentary and could be incisive in comment without malice.
Senior journalist Kuldip Nayar said Nihal Singh would not only be remembered for his contribution to journalism but also to public life.
"He was posted at Singapore when I joined the The Statesman. We used to wait for his dispatches which were read with great interest," Nayar said, adding that he gave whole perspective on China and Southeast Asia.
He recalled Nihal Singh coming regularly to the India International Centre and addressing meetings and mixing with people.
"We were not only colleagues, we became good friends and I am shocked that he is no more. It is definitely loss to profession and also to me."
"My deepest condolences on the passing away of Nihal Singh. In a career spanning several decades, his impeccable integrity and journalistic ethics is a benchmark in today's times. My prayers are with his family and friends," Surjewala said.
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