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Author: Kuldip Nayar
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Beyond The Lines examines the effects of the Indo-Pakistan partition and the eventual downfall of relations through the eyes of a man who lived through it: Kuldip Nayar.

Summary of the Book

Kuldip Nayar was a young law student during the Partition. Forced to migrate to Delhi, he faced first-hand the brunt of the communal riots that ensued. In his autobiographical account, Nayar shows us how he began as a young journalist in an Urdu daily, progressing to heading India's most popular news agency. His life crossed paths with events such as the Tashkent Declaration and with people like Lal Bahadur Shastri and Jayaprakash Narayan. His story covers facets of our nation we have yet to experience.

About Kuldip Nayar

Kuldip Nayar is an Indian journalist, human rights activist and author. He has penned several books, some of which are: Without Fear: The Life and Trial of Bhagat Singh, India After Nehru, Scoop!: Inside Stories from Partition to the Present and Report on Afghanistan.

Nayar graduated from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

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Author Kuldip Nayar
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Publisher Roli Books
Imprint LOTUS
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9788174369109
ISBN-10 8174369104
Language English
Binding Hardcover
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Sandip Ghose
22 Jul 2012
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A reporter's diary

Reading Kuldip Nayar???s autobiography ??? Beyond the Lines (Roli Books). Nayar is the sort of person ??? even whose best friends would find it difficult to understand the reasons for his rise to such fame. His writing style is lackluster. He lacks the intellectual depth of say ??? B G Verghese, erudition of Sham Lal or even Khushwant Singh???s knowledge of history. His gossipy tidbits and juicy nuggets are often ??? part conjecture and part concoctions and have to be consumed with a large dollop of salt. He indulges in sweeping generalizations (Bengalis are ???anti-centre??? ??? we are a... ()

Reading Kuldip Nayar???s autobiography ??? Beyond the Lines (Roli Books). Nayar is the sort of person ??? even whose best friends would find it difficult to understand the reasons for his rise to such fame. His writing style is lackluster. He lacks the intellectual depth of say ??? B G Verghese, erudition of Sham Lal or even Khushwant Singh???s knowledge of history. His gossipy tidbits and juicy nuggets are often ??? part conjecture and part concoctions and have to be consumed with a large dollop of salt. He indulges in sweeping generalizations (Bengalis are ???anti-centre??? ??? we are a...
Reading Kuldip Nayar???s autobiography ??? Beyond the Lines (Roli Books). Nayar is the sort of person ??? even whose best friends would find it difficult to understand the reasons for his rise to such fame. His writing style is lackluster. He lacks the intellectual depth of say ??? B G Verghese, erudition of Sham Lal or even Khushwant Singh???s knowledge of history. His gossipy tidbits and juicy nuggets are often ??? part conjecture and part concoctions and have to be consumed with a large dollop of salt. He indulges in sweeping generalizations (Bengalis are ???anti-centre??? ??? we are anti-everything!!) is an indefatigable namedropper and has deep personal prejudices (has something unkind to say about almost any one he has mentioned in the book).

To me ??? he was more of a reporter (than an editor or journalist) ??? who managed to position himself at the right time with the right people at the right place ??? and obviously thrived on his ???connections??? (including that of his in-laws, the Sachars. Justice Rajinder Sachar of Sachar Report fame is his ???saala???). Another reason for his success, perhaps, was that, he wrote for the lowest common denominator of the newspaper audience. For his time, he was relatively affluent too (house in plush Vasant Vihar). His book on the Emergency ??? The Judgment ??? was an instant best-seller and riding on its fame he was one of the first Indian journalists to syndicate his column (even before Khushwant Singh, I think). In short, he was an older edition of Shekhar Gupta, no wonder Gupta once referred to him as a ???guru??? (only to later axe his column from the Express).

Take it with these caveats and you might even enjoy this mildly salacious commentary on contemporary history. Though I wish the editing of the book was a little better (habeas corpus is spelt as ???habius corpus??? pg 240).

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Rajanikanta Verma
20 Aug 2012
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Disappointing beyond Belief

For someone of Kuldip Nayar's reputation the book is of shockingly poor quality.

Easily verifiable facts are mis-stated e.g. "After Shaikh Abdullah's death in 1953.." (page 318),in 1979 "Foreign Secretary T N Kaul formulated a pro-Soviet policy (page 274-Kaul had retired in the early 1970's),Indira Gandhi was woken up by "Chief of Army Staff Krishnaswami Sunderji.." at the time of Operation Blue Star (page294- Gen Vaidya was Army Chief at that time) etc.

And what does one make of this sentence on page 318: "In fact, I was in Srinagar on Abdullah's Shaikh in...
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For someone of Kuldip Nayar's reputation the book is of shockingly poor quality.

Easily verifiable facts are mis-stated e.g. "After Shaikh Abdullah's death in 1953.." (page 318),in 1979 "Foreign Secretary T N Kaul formulated a pro-Soviet policy (page 274-Kaul had retired in the early 1970's),Indira Gandhi was woken up by "Chief of Army Staff Krishnaswami Sunderji.." at the time of Operation Blue Star (page294- Gen Vaidya was Army Chief at that time) etc.

And what does one make of this sentence on page 318: "In fact, I was in Srinagar on Abdullah's Shaikh in...
For someone of Kuldip Nayar's reputation the book is of shockingly poor quality.

Easily verifiable facts are mis-stated e.g. "After Shaikh Abdullah's death in 1953.." (page 318),in 1979 "Foreign Secretary T N Kaul formulated a pro-Soviet policy (page 274-Kaul had retired in the early 1970's),Indira Gandhi was woken up by "Chief of Army Staff Krishnaswami Sunderji.." at the time of Operation Blue Star (page294- Gen Vaidya was Army Chief at that time) etc.

And what does one make of this sentence on page 318: "In fact, I was in Srinagar on Abdullah's Shaikh invitation to celebrate Farooq's successor as the president of the National Conference"?

This kind of writing casts serious doubt on the veracity of the entire book.

The most charitable view to take is perhaps that the writer is now nearly 90 years old and, at his age, most of us would probably find our memory playing tricks and be just as confused.

5 of 9 users found this review helpful.
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Ajay Katesaria
29 Aug 2012
Its pure Gossip with few events

I found it more a gossip than a book with Authentic book on events and its least a biography. Kuldip Nayyar gives food for Gossip only. Many of his narrations seem like baseless construction of his own mind. Earlier reviewr's have mentioned the few basic mistakes in chronology and persons.

The book has been a success beyond its worth probably because it suit an average reader giving him stories to speculate. Nayar seems to have sharp business acumen.

2 of 3 users found this review helpful.
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10 Jul 2012
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good........................

sound knowledge, an interesting story about Indian working system and the high handiness of Indian politicians in Kashmir valley and making it as part and also the short mindless of Pakistan in sending tribal or pathns to Kashmir without having the knowledge of situation in Kashmir........

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S.Sen
07 Apr 2013
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A Veteran Remembers!.....

The autobiography of the veteran journalist, Sri Kuldip Nayar made interesting reading to people like me, who like to read historical accounts of a period before they were born! The veteran journalist relates the pangs and pathos surrounding the Partition of India with exemplary lucidity, and follows it up with anecdotes of the tenures of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the Indo China war of 1962, the India-Pakistan war of 1965 and the death of Shastriji at Tashkhent, Indira Gandhi, J.P, Morarji Desai and the Janata experiment, Rajiv Gandhi and V.P.Singh and the Indian Emergency of 1975-77, when he wa... ()

The autobiography of the veteran journalist, Sri Kuldip Nayar made interesting reading to people like me, who like to read historical accounts of a period before they were born! The veteran journalist relates the pangs and pathos surrounding the Partition of India with exemplary lucidity, and follows it up with anecdotes of the tenures of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the Indo China war of 1962, the India-Pakistan war of 1965 and the death of Shastriji at Tashkhent, Indira Gandhi, J.P, Morarji Desai and the Janata experiment, Rajiv Gandhi and V.P.Singh and the Indian Emergency of 1975-77, when he wa...
The autobiography of the veteran journalist, Sri Kuldip Nayar made interesting reading to people like me, who like to read historical accounts of a period before they were born! The veteran journalist relates the pangs and pathos surrounding the Partition of India with exemplary lucidity, and follows it up with anecdotes of the tenures of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the Indo China war of 1962, the India-Pakistan war of 1965 and the death of Shastriji at Tashkhent, Indira Gandhi, J.P, Morarji Desai and the Janata experiment, Rajiv Gandhi and V.P.Singh and the Indian Emergency of 1975-77, when he was imprisoned by the then Government. My only grouse is that the book could have been edited in a better manner and that it contains some factual inaccuracies, which may have been caused by oversight! But overall it was an interesting book to read and have in your collection.

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