Kuldip Nayyar has apologized to Sikhs – an attempt to repair his damaged image
Published: July 15, 2012
Jalandhar/Ludhiana (July 15, 2012): As per information available with “Sikh Siyasat” pro-Indian state journalist Kuldeep Nayar has tendered an unconditional apology to the Sikhs for the “unintentional” hurt caused to the community for certain remarks in his autobiography ‘Beyond the Lines: An Autobiography’.
A statement issued in Jalandhar by senior journalist Satnam Manak on behalf of Nayar, quoted him saying, “I have always raised my voice for justice and genuine demands of the Sikh Community and have always championed the cause of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat. There is a long history about such activities.”
The statement further read, “During the sad happenings of Operation Bluestar and Sikhs massacre in November 1984, I joined prominent citizens like Inder Kumar Gujral, Air Marshal Arjan Singh, General Jagjit Singh and Justice Rajinder Sachar to raise voice against the excesses committed on Sikh community.“
Nayyar has assured that the objectionable portions in the book will be removed from the next editions saying, “I had no intention to hurt the feelings of the Sikhs so I have decided to remove the portions on which objections have been raised and these would not be printed in the next editions of the book. Still if some portions have hurt the feelings of some sections I regret and apologise.“
Political analysts and critics are of the view that the terms of today’s release are an attempt to repair the damaged image of Kuldip Nayar as a sympathiser of the Sikhs. Nayyar was able to maintain this false image and even his highly controversial write-ups went unnoticed.
But recently the Sikhs took strong notice to his recent columns on Rajoana and Saka Darbar Sahib memorial issues besides the vilified propaganda and misinformation given in his autobiography.
In a recent talkshow (Qaumi Masle Ep.4) held by Sikh Siyasat, renowned author S. Ajmer Singh was of the view that the real anti-Sikh mindset of Kuldip Nayyar is now exposed, and it is better that he is exposed through his own writings.