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by Born in Punjabs Hadali village (now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant Singh was among Indias best-known and most widely read authors and journalists. He was founder-editor of Yojana and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, National Herald and the Hindustan Times. He published six novels Tra... View More Born in Punjabs Hadali village (now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant Singh was among Indias best-known and most widely read authors and journalists. He was founder-editor of Yojana and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, National Herald and the Hindustan Times. He published six novels Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, Delhi, The Company of Women, Burial at Sea and The Sunset Club as well as several books of short stories which were published together as The Portrait of a Lady. His other books are the two-volume A History of the Sikhs, an autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, a biography, Ranjit Singh - Maharaja of Punjab and a book of non-fiction, The Return of Indira Gandhi. In addition, he published translations of Hindi and Urdu novels, short stories and poetry, notably Umrao Jan Adaby Mirza Hadi Ruswa, Rajinder Singh Bedis I Take This Woman and Iqbals Shikwaand Jawab-e-Shikwa. Enterprising publishers also put out dozens of anthologies of his journalism, columns and jokes - at one time there were nearly one hundred of these in print. Khushwant Singh was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974, he returned the award in 1984 to protest the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army. In 2007, he was awarded Indias second highest civilian Honor, the Padma Vibhushan.

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