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Khushwant Singh's death mourned widely, leaders pay rich tribute
Khushwant Singh (1915 - 2014) - the noted public figure, secularist, thinker, novelist, poet, lawyer, politician and journalist took his last breath yesterday at the age of 99. As a person, who excelled in diverse fields, Khushwant Singh was the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.
His death has been mourned widely in the social and mainstream media as well as leaders of the country including the President, Vice President and Prime Minister of India.

Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, while condoling the passing away of Khushwant Singh said, "I am deeply saddened to learn that my dear friend, Sardar Khushwant Singh, is no more. His writings, whether as a journalist, editor, historian, author or provocative raconteur, never failed to shed light on the human condition. That he did this unfailingly and candidly for more than half a century, while also managing to be humourous and witty, reflects on the enormous talent that he had for holding up a mirror to society. There was hardly an aspect of public life that escaped his attention and none that was not the better for it. ''

Vice President, M. Hamid Ansari said, “Shri Khushwant Singh had a long, prolific and illustrious literary career spanning several decades during which he wrote on subjects varying from politics and poetry to issues of social concern. He was particularly admired for being fearless in expressing his views in his writings and speech," as per the message released by PIB.

Manish Tewari, I&B Minister, felt that with Khushwant Singh’s death, an era in the literary world has come to an end. In his condolence message, Tewari said, “An outstanding historian and a forthright political commentator, Shri Singh articulated his viewpoint through the power of his pen. He set new standards in the literary world with each of his works, which included both fiction and non- fiction classics. Shri Singh would always be remembered for his inventive thought and quick understanding, which is reflected in his writings. His writings pull millions to the pleasure of reading a hard bound book even in the digital age of Internet and contemporary digital content.”

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