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Khushwant Singh, journalist and writer, dies at 99
March 20, 2014, 11:27 am
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Singh was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by the Indian Army.

Noted writer and journalist Khushwant Singh passed away on Thursday. He was 99.

Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor, and an abiding love of poetry.

According to TV reports, his cremation will be held at Lodhi Crematorium at 4pm on Thursday.

Born on February 2 in Hadali, now in Pakistan, Singh wrote classics like "Train to Pakistan", "I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale" and "Delhi".

His autobiography, "Truth, Love and a Little Malice", was published by Penguin Books in 2002.

Singh, who was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986, was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by the Indian Army.

In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.

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