Biography of Khushwant Singh- Indian Journalist

Name:  KHUSHWANT SINGH

Date of Birth: 02nd February 1915 at Hadali, India (now at Pakistan)

Father: Mr. Sobha Singh

Mother: Mrs. Sardarni Vira Bai

Studied at :
Modern School, New Delhi, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, King’s College London and Law at Inner Temple

Date of Death:20th March 2014 at New Delhi at the age of 99 years

Occupation:
Indian Novelist & Journalist, Lawyer and Politician
A practising Lawyer in Lahore Court-From 1938 to 1947
Indian Foreign Service: From 1947 to 1956

From the year 1956 to 1978 Kuhshwant Singh had been in the field of Indian Journalism and he had been the editor of :

  • Yojana- an Indian government journal
  • The Illustrated Weekly of India
  • The National Herald and
  • The Hindustan Times

Khushwant Singh had been a supporter of the Indian National Congress, especially of Mrs.Indira Gandhi and he was in favour of Mrs.Indira Gandhi’s emergency from 25th  June 1975 to 21st  March 1977.

Khushwant Singh had been the Member of the Rajya Sabha of the Indian Parliament from the year 1980 to 1986.

The following are some of the many books written by Khushwant Singh:

  • The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories
  • Train to Pakistan,
  • The Voice of God and Other Stories
  • I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale
  • A Bride for the Sahib and Other Stories
  • Black Jasmine
  • Death at My Doorstep
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous  (Co-authored with Humra Qureshi-The last book written by Khushwant Singh in the year 2013) and
  • Short story collections. 

Awards and Honours Received By Khushwant Singh:

  • Rockfeller Grant-1966
  • Padma Bhushan –Union  Government of India-1974
  • ( In protest against the Government of India for the siege of the Goldent Temple, Amritsar, Khushwant Singh returned the honour of Padma Bhushan in the year 1984
  • Honest Man of the Year- Sulabh International-2000
  • Punjab Rattan Award- The Government of Punjab- 2006
  • Padma Vibhushan- Union Government of India-2007
  • Sahitya academy fellowship award by Sahitya academy of India – 2010
  • ‘All-India Minorities Forum Annual Fellowship Award’-
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav- 2012
  • Lifetime achievement award-Tata Literature Live
  • The Mumbai Litfest- 2013
  • Fellow of King’s College London – January 2014

Quote By Khushwant Singh:

Morality is a matter of money;poor people cannot afford to have morals.So, they have religions-
Khushwant Singh

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