Author Khushwant Singh dies at 99

Noted author and journalist Khushwant Singh died here today at the age of 99.

His son and journalist Rahul Singh said he passed away very peacefully at his residence in Sujan Singh Park here.

He led a very full life, he said, adding, he had some breathing problems.

As a journalist he had edited the now defunct Illustrated Weekly of India and later the Hindustan Times. His weekly column 'With Malice Towards One and All' was very popular and was syndicated in many dailies.

Singh was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the government under late Indira Gandhi. He was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986.

He 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 Army. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.

Singh was known for his classics such as 'Train to Pakistan' and 'I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale'.

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