Grand old man of Indian literature, Khushwant Singh, dies at 99
Thu Mar 20 2014, 22:45 hrs
Son of Sir Sobha Singh, a civil contractor and a prominent builder of Lutyens' Delhi, Khushwant Singh lived in Sujan Singh Park built by his father where he breathed his last. He led a very full life, Rahul said, adding, he had some breathing problems but was mentally alert till the end.
Known for his humour, Khushwant Singh took lots of digs at his community. His works ranged from political commentary and contemporary satire to outstanding translations of Sikh religious texts, Urdu poetry and a number of novels. He also practiced law at the Lahore High Court for several years before joining the Ministry of External Affairs in 1947.
One of India's best known raconteurs, Khushwant Singh was famous for his acid wit and liberal political views. He was born on February 2, 1915, in Hadali, now in Pakistan's Punjab. Millions of his fans today remembered his classics like "Train to Pakistan", "I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale" and "Delhi - A Novel"
Khushwant Singh was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the government under late Indira Gandhi. He was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by the Army. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
Noted author and journalist Khushwant Singh died here today at the age of 99. As a journalist, he had edited the now defunct Illustrated Weekly of India and later the Hindustan Times. His weekly column 'With Malice Towards One and All' was very popular and was syndicated in many dailies.