Giani Gurdit Singh was born on Feb 24, 1923 at Mithewal Village, Punjab. He is a celebrated author who
wrote in the Punjabi language. The pioneering journalist, who edited Parkash 1947-1978 and Singh Sabha Patrika (from 1973-1988), legislator and religious scholar passed away on January 17, 2007.

Mera Pind

The much-awarded and acclaimed
classic about life in the villages of
Punjab. A new Golden Jubilee edition to celebrate its 50 glorious years.

Gurmat Acharya:
Sahit Shiromani
mera Pind
A festschrift with more than 50 contributors, scholars, friends, and political associates, who written articles about Giani Gurdit Singh and his work.
 
Panj Pani Award

Mundavani means a seal. It comes at the conclusion of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The book is based on more than 50 years of research...
 
Tributes

What was the relationship between Guru Nanak Dev ji and the bhagats whose work is enshrined in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib?
 

Gurmat Acharya
 
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ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ
Jan 17th, 2017

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Giani Gurdit Singh ji left us 10 years ago this day. Sardar Tarlochan Singh, a former Member of Parliament, is an old associate of Giani Gurdit Singh ji. They go way back. His article was published in Punjabi Tribune today.
ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ
ਤਰਲੋਚਨ ਸਿੰਘ
ਸਾਲ 1952 ਵਿੱਚ ਭਾਰਤ ਦੀਆਂ ਆਮ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਹੋਈਆਂ। ਉਸ ਸਮੇਂ […]

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ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੂੰ ਯਾਦ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ
Feb 24th, 2013

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February 24 marks the birth anniversary of Giani Gurdit Singh ji. He would have been 90 this year. A pioneer journalist, an accomplished author, an interpreter of religious scriptures, a reformist and in institution builder, Giani Gurdit Singh was truly a great soul.
We miss him even as we continue his work. On his anniversary, we […]

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Remembering Giani Gurdit Singh
Jan 16th, 2013

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Giani Gurdit Singh ji was a brilliant man who spoke in a simple language. A supportive husband and loving father, he is widely remembered as a kind and helpful man. Even today, I meet people who recall his acts of kindness and his helpful nature.

He left his imprint on Punjabi journalism, on Punjabi literature […]

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‘ਮੇਰਾ ਪਿੰਡ’ ਵਾਲਾ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ
Oct 25th, 2012

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ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਪਟਿਆਲਾ ਵਿਖੇ ਗਿਆਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਰਾੜੇਵਾਲਾ ਨਾਲਕੇਵਲ ਪੰਜਾਬੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਾਰੇ ਸਮਾਜ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਹ ਘਾਟ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਜੋ ਕੋਈ ਅਦੁੱਤੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰ ਜਾਵੇ ਅਸੀਂ ਉਸਨੂੰ ਛੇਤੀ ਭੁੱਲ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਅੱਜ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਯਾਦ ਆ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਜੀਵਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਿਸ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਭਾਵ ਹਰ ਖੇਤਰ […]

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We remember
Feb 23rd, 2012

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Today is Giani Gurdit Singh ji’s birth anniversary. He was born in 1923, and he left us in 2007, but we, his family, live with his memories every day.
Today, mama re-explored some moments of a life shared, and we all offered prayers of his soul in the morning and as his family, spent time reminiscing […]

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ਮੇਰਾ ਪਿੰਡ
Feb 20th, 2012

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1961 ਤੋਂ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਛਪਦੀ ਅਤੇ ਪੜ੍ਹੀ-ਪੜ੍ਹਾਈ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਪੁਸਤਕ ‘‘ਮੇਰਾ ਪਿੰਡ’’ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਪੇਂਡੂ ਜੀਵਨ ਦਾ ਯਥਾਰਥਕ ਚਿਤਰਨ ਹੈ। ਵਿਅੰਗ, ਲੋਕ-ਸਿਆਣਪਾਂ, ਗੀਤ, ਬੋਲੀਆਂ, ਲੋਕ-ਕਥਾਵਾਂ, ਰੀਤੀ-ਰਿਵਾਜ, ਤਿੱਥ-ਤਿਉਹਾਰ, ਤੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਤ੍ਰਿੰਜਣ, ਜਨਮ ਤੇ ਮਰਨ ਸਮੇਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਰਸਮਾਂ, ਗਿੱਧਾ¸ ਮੁੰਡੇ ਦੀ ਛਟੀ ਤੋਂ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਕੁੜਮਾਈ, ਵਿਦਾਈ ਤੱਕ¸ ਇਹ ਸਭ ਕੁਝ ਇਸ ਵਿਚ ਪ੍ਰੋਇਆ ਤੇ […]

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ਮੇਰੀ ਮਨਪਸੰਦ ਪੁਸਤਕ: ਮੇਰਾ ਪਿੰਡ
Jan 16th, 2012

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ਲੇਖਕ: ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ
ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ਕ: ਸਾਹਿਤ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ਨ, 56, ਸੈਕਟਰ 4, ਚੰਡੀਗੜ੍ਹ।
ਹਰਮੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਅਟਵਾਲ
ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ (1923-2007) ਦੀ ਪੁਸਤਕ ‘ਮੇਰਾ ਪਿੰਡ’ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਨਪਸੰਦ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਹੈ। ਹੁਣ ਤੱਕ ਮੈਂ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਰਾ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸਾਹਿਤ ਪੜ੍ਹਿਆ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਪੜ੍ਹ ਵੀ ਰਿਹਾ ਹਾਂ ਪਰ ਪੇਂਡੂ ਜੀਵਨ ਤੇ ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਜੋ ਸੁਭਾਵਿਕ ਅਸਲੀਅਤ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਜੀ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੀ ਇਸ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਵਿਚ […]

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‘ਮੇਰਾ ਪਿੰਡ’ ਦਾ ਗੌਰਵ
Feb 28th, 2011

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ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ
ਤੇਜਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗਿੱਲ
24 ਫਰਵਰੀ, ਮੇਰਾ ਪਿੰਡ ਨਾਮੀਂ ਪੁਸਤਕ ਦੇ ਲੇਖਕ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੇ ਜਨਮ ਦਾ ਅਠਾਸੀਵਾਂ ਦਿਨ ਸੀ। ਬੀਤ ਗਈ ਸਦੀ ਦੇ ਵੀਹਵਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਪਹਿਲੇ ਅੱਧ ਵਿਚ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਜੀ ਦਾ ਜਨਮ ਹੋਇਆ ਸੀ। ਉਸ ਵਕਤ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਪੇਂਡੂ ਜੀਵਨ ਵਿਚ ਵੱਡੀ ਤਬਦੀਲੀ ਸਾਹ ਲੈਣ ਲੱਗ ਪਈ ਸੀ। ਵਧੇਰੇ ਪ੍ਰਤੱਖ ਪ੍ਰਮਾਣ ਇਸ ਦਾ […]

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ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ
Feb 25th, 2011

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ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ: ਜਨਮ ਦਿਨ ‘ਤੇ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼
ਡਾ: ਡੀ. ਬੀ. ਰਾਏ
ਸੱਭਿਅਤਾ ਦੀ ਵੱਡੀ ਜ਼ਿੰਮੇਵਾਰੀ ਲੇਖਕਾਂ, ਬੁੱਧੀਜੀਵੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਸਫਲ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਾਸਕਾਂ ‘ਤੇ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਪਾਸ ਡੂੰਘਾ ਅਨੁਭਵ, ਉੱਚੀ ਕਲਪਨਾ, ਮੌਲਿਕ ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਟੀਕੋਣ ਅਤੇ ਵਧੀਆ ਰਹਿਣ ਢੰਗ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ। ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ, ਸਾਹਿਤ ਅਤੇ ਸੱਭਿਆਚਾਰ ਦਾ ਜੋ ਰੂਪ ਸਾਡੇ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਹੈ, ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਸਿਰਜਣ ਅਤੇ ਸੰਵਾਰਨ ਵਿਚ ਵੱਖ-ਵੱਖ ਸਮਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ […]

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Giani ji’s birth anniversary
Feb 24th, 2011

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February 24 is a very special day for us, it is the day when Giani Gurdit Singh ji was born in 1923. He is no longer with us, and we miss him, even as we still feel his presence in our day-to-day lives.
Here is a picture gallery of his life and times:

Today, the Punjabi daily […]

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Discussion on Giani Gurdit Singh’s Mera Pind
Feb 23rd, 2011

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Doordarshan Jalandhar organised a discussion on Giani Gurdit Singh’s Mera Pind, the classic which is in its 50th year of publication.
The discussion was compeered by Dr D B Rai, who teaches Punjabi at Jalandhar.
Prof Rajpal Singh, President Punjab Sahit Akademi, Punjab, and Roopinder Singh were the other panellists. It was first broadcast on February 7, […]

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Parkash @ Rs 17 a kilo
Jan 25th, 2011

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“We have managed to get some copies of Parkash,” said Devinder Singh. What he said was very important to me, personally, since my father, the late Giani Gurdit Singh, published Parkash, a newspaper in Punjabi, and for some years in Urdu, from 1947-1978.

The middle was published in published in The Tribune on January 24, 2011.

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The Ragmala issue
Nov 15th, 2010

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Is Ragmala Gurbani? Some feel it is not and point out that the Ragmala does not have reference to all the Ragas of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, in fact, nine Ragas, i.e.
Manjh, Bihagra, Vad-hans, Jaitsri, Ramkali, Malli Gaura, Tukhari, Prabhati, and
Jaijawnti do not find any mention in the Ragmala. The relationship between the Ragas […]

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Anniversary articles
Feb 24th, 2010

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Today, readers of the Punjabi Tribune read an article titled “Lasani Sakhiat Giani Gurdit Singh” by Harmit Singh Atwal.
The readers of Daily Ajit read a tribute, captioned “Giani Gurdit Singh Nu Cheate Kardian” by Dr Tejinder Pal Kaur.
Today is my father’s 87th birth anniversary. We remember him still—his work, his personality and his deeds have, […]

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Mera Bachpan translation
Sep 30th, 2009

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There is always a debate about whether translations can really capture the spirit of the original. For me, this debate was settled when I read the lucid translations of Plato’s dialogues by B. Jowett, who was Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Oxford. I can still recite some of the passages that I […]

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Giani ji’s anniversary
Feb 25th, 2009

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February 24 is the birth anniversary of Giani Gurdit Singh ji, my father. His books assured him literary immortality, his conduct and deeds have left such a deep impact on many lives that his memory is still very much with us. Please click here to read more

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He made such a difference
Nov 14th, 2008

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Rabinder Singh Bhamra is one of the pillars of the Sikh community in New York. A much-respected businessman, he has a deep interest in Sikh thought and spirituality. Please click here to read Rabinder Singh Bhamra’s moving tribute to Giani ji:

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Prof Harjit Singh Gill
Oct 21st, 2008

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Prof Harjit Singh Gill, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, has written about Giani Gurdit Singh ji. Prof Gill is a linguist of international standing and had interacted with Giani ji for a considerable period of time. 
Please click here to read more about what Prof Gill writes about the man, his contribution […]

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VC, Punjabi University, Patiala
Sep 26th, 2008

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Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, knew about Giani Gurdit Singh’s work long before he met Giani ji at New Delhi where Giani ji lived in the early 1980s. Dr Jaspal Singh wrote a message for the book Giani Gurdit Singh: 1923-2007. Please click here to read more.

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Tamil Nadu Governor’s message
Jun 17th, 2008

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The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, had a long association with Giani Gurdit Singh ji. Such a modest and cultured man is he that he himself called Sardarni Inderjit Kaur and said: “Sardarni Sahiba, this is Surjit Singh.” No aides, no PAs or Secretaries. The message reveals as much about its author […]

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Giani Gurdit Singh 1923-2007
Feb 28th, 2008

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February 24, 2008, was the 85th Giani Gurdit Singh ji. What better way to mark it than to get together and celebrate his life and achievements. Well, we did precisely that at the Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh.
Sardar Tarlochan Singh, an old friend and associate of Giani ji released a book on him […]

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Kirtan at home
Jan 21st, 2008

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Giani Gurdit Singh ji left us a year ago. On Thursday, January 17, 2008, the house that he build and where he lived the last many years of his life, was filled with the holy gurbani as members of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha recited shabads.

Those who were close to him had gathered to remember him. […]

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Mera Pind, 8th edition published
Jan 20th, 2008

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Mera Pind, the classic by Giani Gurdit Singh ji has been reprinted because of popular and sustained demand for this book that has been in continuous print from 1961.
The new, eighth, edition is 480 pages and has been typeset again. It is now in a bigger type face and even the original graphics made by […]

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Tributes
Feb 6th, 2007

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We are posting three tributes to Giani Gurdit Singh ji which were published in prominent newspapers. You can read what A J Philip, Senior Associate Editor, The Tribune Chandigarh, Nirupama Dutt a prominent journalist and writer and Nonika Singh a columnist for The Hindustan Times wrote about Giani ji by clicking on their names.

Messages and […]

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News
Feb 6th, 2007

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Giani Gurdit Singh ji passed away in Chandigarh on January 17, 2007. He had recently suffered two heart attacks, which had left him weak, but he was still active till he left for his final journey.
Please click here to read the news item that The Tribune carried about him.

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Citation of the award
Nov 10th, 2006

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Would you like to read the translation of the citation of the Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award 2006 conferred on Giani Gurdit Singh by the Language Department, Punjab?
Please click here to read it.

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India Journal article
Oct 24th, 2006

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Since we have received a number of requests for more information about Giani ji, we are reproducing here an article written by Dr Mohinder Singh, Editor of India Journal, Santa Fe Springs, CA , USA. It was published in 2004.
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The Hindustan Times
Oct 23rd, 2006

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Sahit Shiromani Puraskar for Giani Gurdit Singh
Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 20
Eminent Punjabi writer Giani Gurdit Singh, known particularly for his book Mera Pind that has sustained readership over the past four decades, has been awarded this year’s Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Puraskar by the state government.
Presented by the Punjab Languages Department, the award carries a […]

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The Tribune
Oct 19th, 2006

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Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Puraskar for Giani Gurdit Singh
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 19
The Advisory Board of the Punjab Languages Department, which held its meeting here today, announced the Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Puraskar for the eminent writer, Giani Gurdit Singh.
This is the most prestigious literary award given every year by the Department for contribution to Punjabi […]

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Mera Pind writer honoured
Feb 22nd, 2006

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Giani Gurdit Singh being honoured by the Director, Languages Department, Patiala, on February 15, 2006, at special Meet-the-Author function held at department premises.

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