Thursday, February 2, 2017

Khushwant Singh

Today is the birth anniversary of Khushwant Singh, an eminent author and a writer in English. Born in a well to do family in undivided Punjab, he was educated in Delhi, Lahore and London. After practicing law in the Lahore High Court for eight years since 1938, in the wake of Independence, he shifted to Delhi. He held different assignments in Indian High Commission at London and Ottawa and also worked for UNESCO at Paris.He is credited with founding and editing Yojana, a publication of Planning Commission.He had successful stints as the Editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India and the Hindustan Times.
As a writer his fame rests mainly on the novel 'A Train to Pakistan ', a poignant saga of Partition, and 'A History of the Sikhs'.
A self professed agnostic, he did not believe that in a formal religion or concept of God.He returned the Padma Bhushan Award in the wake of 1984 events.Subsequently,he was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2007.
Blessed with a long life, he died a few months before completing the century.
Our humble tributes !

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