New Delhi:Â Â President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday expressed sadness at the death of noted writer Khushwant Singh and said his works had delighted generations of readers.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Khushwant Singh,” the president said in a message to Rahul Singh, the writer’s son.
“A prolific writer who made his mark in literature as well as in journalism, Khushwant Singh will be remembered for his sharp insight and unique wit, as well as sense of humour,” Mukherjee said.
The president said Singh’s writings delighted generations of readers and he was conferred several awards and national honours, including the Padma Vibhushan.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also condoled the death of Khushwant Singh, saying the renowned author had lived a “truly creative life”.
“A gifted author, candid commentator and a dear friend. He lived a truly creative life,” the prime minister said in a statement.
Vice President M Hamid Ansari, in a tribute, said: “Khushwant Singh had a long, prolific and illustrious literary career spanning several decades during which he wrote on subjects varying from politics to poetry to issues of social concern.
“He was particularly admired for being fearless in expressing his views in his writing and speech.”