Punjab Research Group

Patwant Singh – 28 March 1925 – 8 August 2009

Posted in Articles by Pippa on August 27, 2009

From The Times August 25, 2009

Patwant Singh: writer and Sikh campaigner

Patwant Singh was a campaigner, a writer and a philanthropist whose publications embraced history, religion, politics and world affairs. His later work focused on the position of Sikhs, and Sikhism, in Indian society and challenged orthodoxies about the nature of western relations with Asia.

The 1984 attack on the Golden Temple at Amritsar, an event that indirectly led to the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the Indian Prime Minister, proved a turning point which enraged Singh and led to him being regarded as one of the most admired, and committed, commentators on Sikh affairs. Read full article:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article6808311.ece

Sikh writer Bhai Patwant Singh receives Prime Ministers support  Written by Roopinder Singh, Tribune India

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh expressed grief over the demise of  the noted writer, philanthropist and activist Bhai Patwant Singh on Sunday.

In his condolence message, the PM said: “Shri Patwant Singh had made a mark in the literary arena with his creative sensitivities. His vast knowledge on wide ranging issues along with his vision made a difference to innumerable human lives.” ANI has reported Full article: http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=6815


A fearless, devout Sikh: Patwant Singh was a man of substance and had many achievements to his credit By Khushwant Singh

A friend rang me up in the afternoon to tell me that Patwant Singh had died that morning and his cremation was fixed for later that evening. I switched on my TV set to hear what different channels had to say about him. Perhaps they could include tributes from the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of Punjab, Sikh leaders and literary personalities. I went from one channel to another. Not one had anything to say about him. I switched off the TV in disgust.

Read full: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090829/saturday/above.htm

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