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Giani Gurdit Singh dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The eminent Punjabi writer and Shiromani Sahitkar, Giani Gurdit Singh (84), passed away here this morning after a prolonged illness. He died in his sleep at his Sector 4 home. Giani Gurdit Singh had served in the Punjab Languages Department and went on to become a legendary writer. His book Mera Pind, one among several, was published worldwide.

The cremation will take place at 11.30 a.m. tomorrow at the cremation ground in Sector 25 here. The bhog and antim ardas will be held at Sri Guru Granth Sahib Vidya Kendra, Sector 28, at 12.30 pm on Sunday.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in his condolence message, said his immense contribution to the Punjabi language, literature and folklore and the Sikh religion would be remembered by all. He was a multi-faceted personality with the unique distinction of being a scholarly writer, well-known journalist, editor and distinguished researcher, said the Chief Minister while expressing heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, said that in his death, Punjabi literature in particular and Punjab in general had lost a great son. Ms Bhattal sent her condolences to his wife, Dr Inderjit Kaur Sandhu, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, and Chairperson, Services Selection Commission, Government of India, and his son, Mr Roopinder Singh, Assistant Editor, The Tribune. Giani Gurdit Singh is also survived by another son, Mr Ravinder Singh.

The Governor of Punjab, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), also mourned the death of Giani Gurdit Singh.

Published in The Tribune, January 18, 2007.