Jamshedpur: Tributes were paid to Khushwant Singh, the legendary journalist, writer and philanthropist, by the people and various socio-cultural organizations of steel city following the demise of the veteran at the age of 99 in his New Delhi house.
Remembering Khushwant Singh as a representative of a rare breed of journalists and authors who feared no one when it came to speaking the truth, Hari Ballabh Singh Arsi, lawyer and academician, said the Indian culture had suffered from a huge and irreparable loss.
“A big vacuum has been created by the passing away of Khushwant Singh. The Indian writing owes so much to him. He was a brave, honest and frank man. He has given so much to the literary and journalistic world,” said Arsi.
Members of Sikh community of the city too, termed the demise of Sardar Khushwant Singh as a great loss to the community and the country. Sardar Shailendra Singh, head of Sri Patna Takht Sri Hari Mandir Sahib, said, “Khushwant Singh was a great human being and philanthropist. He was a torchbearer for the community and a great teacher for all individuals. He has served the nation through his writings, works and guided people in seeing things from a different angle through his literary skills and frankness.”
Many outfits of Sikh community and social organizations of the city remembered Khushwant Singh as a grand old man who spoke not only on women and Scotch, but also on every mundane thing under the Sun with literary adeptness and unique style. The writings and books of Khushwant Singh will continue to guide authors and new generation for a long time to come, said Suresh Pandey, a book lover and a fan of Khushwant Singh.
Sanjay Yadav, an employee of the IT sector and another book lover, from Jamshedpur, expressed his shock and dismay in the following words: “I just cannot believe that such a formidable personality has ceased to exist in this physical world.
But his demise can only prevent his physical existence. He will be there etched in our minds forever in the times to come.”
The former Rajya Sabha member, Khushwant Singh, was not keeping well for quite some time. He had visited Jamshedpur on few occasions several years ago. His love for human beings and advocacy for personal liberty led him to secure a unique position among his contemporaries.