Pranab Mukherjee condoles Khushwant Singh’s death

New Delhi, Mar 20: President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of eminent author and journalist Khushwant Singh.

In a condolence message to his son, Rahul Singh, the President has said, “I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Khushwant Singh.

“A prolific writer who made his mark in literature as well as journalism, Singh will be remembered for his sharp insight and unique wit, as well as sense of humour. Singh’s writings delighted generations of readers and he was conferred several awards and national honours including the Padma Vibhushan,” he added.

Mukherjee further said: “His contribution to the nation as a Member of Parliament was also noteworthy. A fearless intellectual and exceptional man, his sad demise leaves a vacuum difficult to fill.”

“I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and his countless fans and admirers. I pray for peace of the departed soul,” he added.

Khushwant Singh breathed his last at 12.55 p.m. today of old age complications. He was 99. (ANI)