Noted author Khushwant Singh passes away at the age of 99

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Renowned Indian author Khushwant Singh has passed away at the age of 99. Singh is regarded among India’s best-known writers and columnists.

Born on February 2 in Hadali in present day Pakistan’s Punjab, his noted works include ‘Train to Pakistan’, ‘I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale’ and ‘Delhi’.

Singh was also was the founder-editor of ‘Yojana’ as well as the editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India. He was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986, and was conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 1974. However, he returned the same in 1984 as a mark of protest against Operation Bluestar. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.

His autobiography, ‘Truth, Love and a Little Malice’, was published in 2002 by Penguin Books. Singh’s last book ‘Khushwantnama’ was published last year.

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