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Khushwant Singh

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Written by Saurabh Sinha

“Morality is a matter of money. Poor people cannot afford to have morals. So they have religions.” Words with so profuse depth in them are said by Khushwant Singh, a versatile personality who marked his existence in this world with the ink of his unmatched prudence and skills. Born on Feb 2,1915, in Hadali district of Punjab(now in Pakistan), he witnessed a young independent India, it’s struggles and it’s progress. Khushwant Singh had an exuberant and unassuming persona which is evident in his autobiography ‘Truth, Love and a Little Malice’. He was a brilliant writer and had beautifully drawn a picture of young struggling India with his words in his novel ‘Train To Pakistan’. A portrayal of subtle human emotions, his fear and his expectations. So profoundly he studied humans norms and notions and wrote them down in his novel, delivering us a wonderful story of courage and delusions. He states in his novel, “Freedom is for the educated people who fought for it. We were slaves of the English, now we will be slaves of the educated Indians- or the Pakistanis.” He had been in myriad professions, he started as a practising lawyer in 1938 at Lahore Court and continued for eight years, then in 1947 he entered Indian Foreign Service as Information Officer of GOI in Toronto and Canada. In 1951, he worked as a journalist for All India Radio. He had worked as a editor for several newspaper and magazines, like The National Herald and The Hindustan Times. His works ranged from political commentary to onslaughts on blind followers of religion. He was atheist and famously said “One can be saintly person without believing in God and a detestable villain believing in him.” He authored many highly acclaimed novels and stories. His major works include *The Mark Of Vishnu and other stories,1950 *The history of Sikhs,1953 *Train to Pakistan, 1956 *The Voice of God and other stories, 1957 *The Company Of Women, 1999 *Truth, Love and a Little Malice (autobiography), 2002 *The Good, The Bad and The Ridiculous, 2013 He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1974 but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against Union Government siege of the Golden Temple, Amritsar. Punjab Rattan Award by Government of Punjab in 2006. Second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan was bestowed on him in 2007. His demise is a great loss to our society and to world of literature. A person with such a dignitary is commendable of our respect and honour

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