Singh Khushwant is a significant post-colonial writer in the English language. He is known for his clear-cut secularism, wit and a deep passion for poetry. A regular contributor to various national dailies, Singh is also famous for his novel 'Train to Pakistan' published in 1956.
Singh was born in Hadali District Khushab, Punjab (which now lies in Pakistan), in a Sikh family. His father, Sir Sobha Singh, was a prominent builder in Lutyens' Delhi. Singh was educated at the Government College, Lahore and at King's College, Cambridge University, and Later the Inner Temple in London. From 1980 through 1986, he was a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. He was also honored with the Padma Bhushan award in the year 1974 for service to his country, but he returned the award in protest against the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army in 1984. Khushwant Singh published his first volume of short fiction in 1950, three years after India's independence, and since then has become one of the country's best known writers in English.
Government College, Lahore, King's College, and Inner Temple, London.
Singh started the magazine 'Yojna', an Indian government journal, 'The Illustrated Weekly of India', a newsweekly; and two major Indian newspapers: 'The National Herald' and the 'Hindustan Times'. During his tenure, 'The Illustrated Weekly' became India's pre-eminent newsweekly. From 1980 through 1986, Singh was a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. His works range from political commentary and contemporary satire to outstanding translations of Sikh religious texts and Urdu poetry.
The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories
The History of Sikhs
Train to Pakistan
The Voice of God and Other Stories
I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale
The Sikhs Today
The Fall of the Kingdom of the Punjab
Ranjit Singh: The Maharajah of the Punjab
A Bride for the Sahib and Other Stories
Tragedy of Punjab
Not a Nice Man to Know: The Best of Khushwant Singh
Burial at the Sea
Paradise and Other Stories
Death at My Doorstep
The Sunset Club
Singh's faith in the Indian political system has been shaken by events such as anti-Sikh riots that followed Indira Gandhi's assassination, in which major Congress politicians are alleged to be involved. But he has remained resolutely positive on the promise of Indian democracy and worked via Citizen's Justice Committee floated by H. S. Phoolka who is a senior advocate of Delhi High Court.