Khushwant Singh, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Khushwant Singh

Indian novelist and journalist

Date of Birth: 02-Feb-1915

Place of Birth: Hadali, Punjab, Pakistan

Date of Death: 20-Mar-2014

Profession: writer, politician, civil servant, poet lawyer, journalist

Nationality: India

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About Khushwant Singh

  • Khushwant Singh (born Khushal Singh, 2 February 1915 – 20 March 2014) was an Indian author, lawyer, diplomat, journalist and politician.
  • His experience in the 1947 Partition of India inspired him to write Train to Pakistan in 1956 (made into film in 1998), which became his most well-known novel.Born in Punjab, Khushwant Singh was educated in New Delhi, and studied law at St.
  • Stephen's College, Delhi, and King's College London.
  • After working as a lawyer in Lahore Court for eight years, he joined the Indian Foreign Service upon the Independence of India from British Empire in 1947.
  • He was appointed journalist in the All India Radio in 1951, and then moved to the Department of Mass Communications of UNESCO at Paris in 1956.
  • These last two careers encouraged him to pursue a literary career.
  • As a writer, he was best known for his trenchant secularism, humour, sarcasm and an abiding love of poetry.
  • His comparisons of social and behaviour characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit.
  • He served as the editor of several literary and news magazines, as well as two newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Between 1980-1986 he served as Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. Khushwant Singh was bestowed with the Padma Bhushan in 1974.
  • But he returned the award in 1984 in protest against Operation Blue Star in which the Indian Army raided Amritsar.
  • In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.

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