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Renowned writer Khushwant Singh passes away at 99
Eminent writer and journalist Khushwant Singh took his last breath today at 99 years of age. The Indo-Anglian novelist, Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor and his abiding love for poetry. He was one of the most loved writers of our country.

Singh was the founder editor of Yojna and the editor of illustrative weekly of India, the national Herald and the Hindustan Times. He penned down classics such as 'Train to Pakistan', 'I shall not hear the Nightingale' and 'Delhi'. 'The Sunset Club' happens to be the last novel that he penned down four years ago.

His non fiction works includes the classic – 'The history of the Sikhs' which had a number of translations and works on Sikh religion and culture. Singh's autobiography 'Truth love and little Malice' was published in the year 2002, reported nnis.

The veteran writer was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1974, which he returned in 1984 as an act of protest against the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by the Indian Army. In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, Sahitya Acadmy fellowship award in 2010 and Punjab Ratna award in 2006. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986 as well.

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