|Born||August 5, 1928 
Jammu, British India
|Died||August 30, 2014 
|Known for||Human Rights|
|Relatives||Ellora Puri (daughter), Luv Puri (son) |
Balraj Puri 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 is constantly consulted on various aspects of the Kashmir issue. He also played an important role in restoring peace in Punjab in the 1980s. "Children Affected By Armed Conflict in Jammu & Kashmir" was the detailed study he completed with the help of social activist Adhik Kadam in the Kashmir Valley in the year 2001.
Awards and recognition
Puri was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2005,one of India's highest civilian honors, in Literature and Education. 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.
- J.P. on Jammu and Kashmir (2005)
- 5000 Years of Kashmir (1997)
- Kashmir Towards Insurgency (1993)
- Jammu & Kashmir: Triumph and Tragedy of Indian Federalism (1981)
- Jammu – A Clue to Kashmir Tangle (1966)
- "Young victims of militancy". Frontline. July 30 – August 12, 2005. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.