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Births and deaths were not recorded in his time, and for him his father simply made up 2 February for his school enrollment at Modern School, New Delhi. His birth name, given by his grandmother, was Khushal Singh meaning "Prosperous Lion". He was called by a pet name "Shalee". At school his name earned him ridicule as other boys would mock at him with an expression, "Shalee Shoolie, Bagh dee Moolee" meaning, "This shalee or shoolee is the radish of some garden.
But he later discovered that there was a Hindu physician with the same name, and the number subsequently increased. There he met his future wife, Kanwal Malik, one year his junior. He was subsequently called to the bar at the London Inner Temple. He worked at Lahore Court for eight years.
In he entered Indian Foreign Service for the newly independent India. In he joined the All India Radio as a journalist. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in for service to his country. In , he returned the award in protest against the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army. As a public figure, khushwant Singh was accused of favouring the ruling Congress party , especially during the reign of Indira Gandhi. Phoolka who is a senior advocate of Delhi High Court.
Singh was a votary of greater diplomatic relations with Israel at a time when India did not want to displease Arab nations where thousands of Indians found employment. He visited Israel in the s and was impressed by its progress. Malik was his childhood friend who had moved to London earlier. His wife predeceased him in He was particularly against organised religion. He was evidently inclined towards atheism, as he said, "One can be a saintly person without believed in God and a detestable villain believing in him.
In my personalised religion, There Is No God! I accept the finality of death. It earned a lot of acclaim in India. After initial agreement, they had proposed some conditions which were unacceptable to Singh, and hence the idea was later abandoned. According to his wishes, some of his ashes were brought and scattered in Hadali.
Under the headline "Sardar Khushwant Singh Dead", the text reads: We regret to announce the sudden death of Sardar Khushwant Singh at 6 pm last evening. He leaves behind a young widow, two infant children and a large number of friends and admirers.
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