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Veteran journalist S. Nihal Singh passes away

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Veteran and S. Singh, a of the Emergency in the mid-seventies and equally of the Modi government, died on Monday following He was 88.

The end came around 5.30 p.m. at the here where he had been admitted. The cremation will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday at the

A friend of Singh said he had been in and out of the hospital four times in the past few weeks and died due to multiple organ failure. Singh would have turned 89 on April 30.

An incisive writer, Surendra was the Chief of The Statesman, Indian Express and of He was also the of

of several books, he was active till recently contributing regular columns to newspapers.

He won the of the in for his role in opposing the state of Emergency imposed by then in mid-1975. Of late, he was also critical of the on various issues like intolerance arising out of the activities of Hindutva organisations.

was Director, and a senior associate Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, City. He was also of the

Paying his tributes, senior said was one of the most outstanding journalists and an on national affairs and foreign policy.

"He was a thorough democrat-liberal, moulded in a classical mode of journalism. He was a popular 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.

Kuldip Nayar said Nihal Singh would not only be remembered for his contribution to journalism but also to public life.

Nayar said he and Nihal Singh were colleagues in for many years and described him as a

"He was posted at when I joined We used to wait for his dispatches which were read with great interest," Nayar said, adding that he gave whole perspective on and

He recalled Nihal Singh coming regularly to the 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."

also paid his tributes, saying Nihal Singh's impeccable integrity and journalistic ethics is a benchmark.

"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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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 20:32 IST