‘Last of the lib­eral, demo­cratic edi­tors’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEWDELHI: Se­nior jour­nal­ist and for­mer edi­tor S Nihal Singh passed away af­ter an ill­ness in New Delhi on Mon­day. Singh, who spent many years abroad, doc­u­ment­ing in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, was the edi­tor of States­man, the In­dian Ex­press and In­dian Post; he also held the po­si­tion of edi­tor at Khaleej Times and con­trib­uted to many pub­li­ca­tions in re­cent years.

His con­tem­po­rary and se­nior jour­nal­ist Kuldeep Na­yar said Singh’s by­line was recog­nised for his com­men­tary on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. “While writ­ing for the States­man from Sin­ga­pore, his dis­patches were awaited as he gave a pic­ture of what was hap­pen­ing in south­east Asia. He wrote well, but his writ­ing be­came more chis­eled af­ter his stint in Hol­land, where his late wife was from,” Na­yar said.

As a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent he spent time in Moscow, Lon­don, the US, and In­done­sia.

For­mer edi­tor of Hin­dus­tan Times and the Tri­bune and for­mer Ra­jya Sabha MP, HK Dua said Singh who would have turned 89 on April 30, was the “last of the lib­eral, demo­cratic edi­tors”.

“He was an out­stand­ing edi­tor and jour­nal­ist whose com­men­taries on na­tional af­fairs and for­eign pol­icy were al­ways aim­ing to achieve ob­jec­tiv­ity and fear­less com­ment. He be­lieved in the high­est stan­dards of jour­nal­ism and knew the value of dis­sent in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion,” Dua said.

Singh also au­thored sev­eral books.

Pres­i­dent of the Edi­tors Guild of In­dia, Shekhar Gupta re­mem­bered Singh as a “a large hearted gen­tle­man”. “He was al­ways happy to see much younger peo­ple, no mat­ter how ju­nior they had been to him, do­ing bet­ter. He en­joyed the me­dia revo­lu­tion and never gave the im­pres­sion of re­sent­ing it,” he said.

S Nihal Singh.

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