Monday 22 December 2014

Indian writer Khushwant Singh dies

Published 20/03/2014 | 09:37

Khushwant Singh has died at the age of 99 in New Delhi (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
Khushwant Singh has died at the age of 99 in New Delhi (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

Khushwant Singh, a force in India's literary world for more than 60 years, has died at his New Delhi home at the age of 99.

"He was fine and passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, " his daughter Mala Singh said.

Singh, a Sikh, came into prominence after India got independence from Britain in 1947. He was a lawyer-turned-diplomat-turned-writer.

He was editor of several literary and news magazines, including the Illustrated Weekly of India as well as two newspapers, the Hindustan Times and the National Herald, through the 1970s and 1980s. He received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award.

He is survived by his son, Rahul Singh, and his daughter.

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