PM condoles Duggal's death

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 26, 2012 17:52 hrs

New Delhi: Condoling the death of noted writer Kartar Singh Duggal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the world has lost one of its "most versatile and distinguished personalities".

"I am deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of the eminent writer Kartar Singh Duggal. In Duggal's sad demise, the Indian literary and cultural world has lost one of its most distinguished personalities," Singh said in his condolence message.

The writer, who had also served as a Director of All India Radio, had carved a place for himself by penning novels, short stories and plays and was a winner of Sahitya Akademi award and Padma Bhushan

"Duggal was not only a versatile writer who wrote in four languages- Hindi, Punjabi, English and Urdu, but also excelled in public service and as an institution builder. His interventions in Parliamentary debates are still remembered by many members. He leaves behind a void that will be very difficult to fill. My thoughts are with his wife Ayesha and his family," the Prime Minister said.

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