Celebrated writer, journalist Khushwant Singh, who is known for his bold, no holds barred writing, has expired in the small hours of Thursday at Delhi. Well known for his “Malice…” books, his stint at Illustrated Weekly is remembered by one and all. His “Train To Pakistan,” which later became a film with the same name, traces the trauma of separation of India and Pakistan. He edited Hindustan Times and National Herald for many years. He has published about 40 books – novels, memoirs, travelogues etc so far. He was accused to have supported Indira Gandhi, including her undemocratic decision to impose the Emergency.
Born in part of Punjab which is now in Pakistan, Khushwant Singh was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974, but the writer returned it to the government in 1984 in protest against the Indian army entering the Golden Temple during the Operation Blue Star. In 2007 he was given the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award. He was member of the Rajya Sabha between 1980 and 1986.
Actress Amrita Singh is his brother’s daughter. Khushwant’s last published book was “The Good, The Bad and the Ridiculous” in 2013. He will be cremated at the Lodhi Garden Crematorium this afternoon.