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Updated: July 14, 2012 16:10 IST

Showcase: History, as he saw it

SWATI DAFTUAR
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Beyond the Lines: An Autobiography by Kuldip Nayar.
Beyond the Lines: An Autobiography by Kuldip Nayar.

From Mountbatten to Manmohan Singh, Kuldip Nayar’s autobiography is also the story of modern India and its heroes through the eyes of a veteran journalist. Already creating ripples, Beyond the Lines opens with the Pakistan Resolution being passed in Lahore in 1940 and takes us through a nation as it works on foreign policy, development plans, relations with neighbouring countries, and coalition politics.

From events of historical and political relevance like the Tashkent Declaration, the 1971 war to interviews with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mujibur Rahman to his close association with Lal Bahadur Shastri and Jayaprakash Narayan, Nayar’s narrative is a detailed inside view of India’s past and present. Beyond the Lines recalls, in great detail, landmark events like Operation Bluestar and Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Nayar offers not just a glimpse into his own life but also into that of the country and its policy makers. Claims contradicting Nayar’s version are already pouring in.

As a young law graduate in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), Kuldip Nayar witnessed the collapse of trust between two communities that had lived together for generations. Like millions of others, he was forced to migrate to Delhi where he got his first job as a young journalist in an Urdu daily. From those early days in Anjam, Nayar has crossed many professional landmarks.

Now 89, Nayar has seen history unfold and watched in action those whome the present generation know only as institutions or names. “My story is really the story of modern India. Of the freedom struggle, of Partition, of Nehru’s India, of the Bangladesh war, of Emergency and more recently of liberalisation and India as a world power,” he says.

Bottomline: A detailed inside view of India’s past and present

Beyond The Lines: An Autobiography; Kuldip Nayar, Lotus Roli, Rs. 595

I have been waiting for this book for years and on the couple of
occasions that I met Mr Nayyar during his visit to Islamabad I asked
him about this memoir. I had read part relating to his High
Commissionership in "India House" and wanted to read about the rest of
his life. Since then I have moved to Canada and I do not know of any
bookshop that sells Indian books except a stall in a Gurdawara that
has books about Sikh religion, culture and history. Will someone in
India please advise me e mail address of a reliable book shop that
exports books. Or the e mail of Mr Kuldip Nayyar.

from:  Mehmud Ahmed
Posted on: Jul 17, 2012 at 08:03 IST

kuldip nayar's book may through much light about untold stories in politics and related topics from the days of independence to this day.

from:  Santa Bahadur Rai
Posted on: Jul 16, 2012 at 18:44 IST

Kuldip might have the experience and insight of the political issues,problems,history considering his age and prescence at National level for such longtime. But he did nothing positive these years as a journalist/editor or such responsible positions. Now he has written a book and for selling his book and publicity he is writing lies and mudslinging. At a age when someone is nearing to last phase of life,one should do something good,he must not use lies to sell his book.

from:  prashin
Posted on: Jul 16, 2012 at 15:35 IST

dear Kuldeep sir why did you remove objectionable content. that content was not objectionable that was TRUTH

from:  singh
Posted on: Jul 16, 2012 at 14:20 IST

It is a well-written book. Kuldip Nayar oowns a large treasure of
experience. He is an able person. His book should not be banned. If
others have something to say, let them enter into dialogue with him.
Perceptions being functionally selective, There are several gaps in the
narrative. Democratic structures ave to be pillarised with democratic
norms. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Hiding skeletons in
the cupboards, unless it is the department of Zoology of a University,
will leave stink.

from:  Jaspal Singh
Posted on: Jul 16, 2012 at 10:36 IST

Nayar sahib's is a life worth reading about. I look forward to delving
into the book.

from:  Arsalan Altaf
Posted on: Jul 15, 2012 at 18:31 IST

Kuldip Nayar had the privilege to interact with the leaders of all political parties in this
Country for more than seven decades, and that gives him the right to xray the Indian
Political scene , before gaining independence and thereafter. Book lovers will be eager
To know his evaluation of the important events in this country during the British regime and
Thereafter. It us really distressing to find that a group wants the book to be banned, even
Before publication. The public can always agree or disagree with the views of this great
Writer and the activists who are against the writer should realize that the courts will ban
Only on certain conditions, and the Rule book of India guarantees certain privileges to
The citizens to exercise their rights within the parameters of law.

from:  C.p.chandra das
Posted on: Jul 15, 2012 at 13:14 IST

Kuldip Nayar is an icon of impersonal,soul searching journalism that has found its
audience across the borders. Had there been more gems like him in the journalistic
world things would be much better between the neighbors in the subcontinent. Hats
off to his impeccable style of writing.

from:  Saleem Mir
Posted on: Jul 15, 2012 at 06:31 IST

Kuldip Nayar has gained recognition as a great writer, and he was in a position to Xray
Our country and would have scanned the leaders of all political parties by this time. His
Experience in the field of journalism during the past eight decades is so vast, and this
Gives him the right to look back at india and the Indian leaders, and the public definitely
Expects an objective evaluation of the past and present at this stage. There is a section
In India entertraining the stand that the country has not made any progress. The opposite
Camp is of the view that India is a strong player at the global level, because of the
Country's growth. Nayars book will enable the readers to look at the minus and plus of the
Independent India, and should enable the lawmakers to find out, where we stand.

from:  C.p.Chandra Das
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 20:13 IST
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