Balraj Puri
Born5 August 1928 [1]
Jammu, British India
Died30 August 2014 [2]
Jammu, India
OccupationJournalist, Writer
Known forHuman Rights
SpouseSubhash Gupta
RelativesEllora Puri (daughter), Luv Puri (son) [1]

Balraj Puri (1928-2014) was an Indian Political commentator and human rights activist.


A committed peace activist Balraj Puri began his career in journalism in 1942 and since then has worked in or edited several publications.

In his 68 years of public career, he has played a crucial role in Indian politics. He mediated the famous 1975 Sheikh Abdullah-Indira Gandhi accord. He worked for communal harmony across India particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. From India's first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru to the present Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Puri was constantly consulted on various aspects of the Kashmir issue. He also played an important role in restoring peace in Punjab in the 1980s.[3]

Awards and recognition

Puri was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2005,one of India's highest civilian honors, in Literature and Education.[4] On 31 October 2009 he was honoured with Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration at Delhi by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Singh described Puri's book Kashmir towards Insurgency as a primer for anybody trying to understand the intricacies of Kashmir issue. Singh also remarked Balraj Puri's life has been one of selfless service to the society and to our country. It has been a life dedicated to the cause of promoting peace, good-will and communal harmony. It has been a life spent in building bridges between regions and communities.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Journalist and Human Rights activist Balraj Puri passed away". The Indian Express. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Peace Activist Balraj Puri Passed Away | Only Kashmir - Behind the News". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Young victims of militancy". Frontline. 30 July – 12 August 2005. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Indira continues to inspire us: Sonia Gandhi". Archived from the original on 6 February 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2019.