“I am profoundly saddened at the passing away of Khushwant Singh, an iconic figure and one of the most prominent author, commentator and journalist of our country. He also served as Member of the Rajya Sabha from 1980-86,” said Vice President Ansari in his condolence message.

“Khushwant Singh had a long, prolific and illustrious literary career spanning several decades during which he wrote on subjects varying from politics and poetry to issues of social concern. He was particularly admired for being fearless in expressing his views in his writings and speech,” he added.

Vice President Ansari further said, “I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family, his friends and admirers. I pray to the Almighty to give them strength and fortitude to bear their loss.”

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Modi also expressed his condolences on Khushwant Singh’s demise.

“My condolences on the passing away of noted author & journalist Khushwant Singh. May his soul rest in peace,” he wrote on twitter.

Actress-turned politician Gul Panag, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket from Chandigarh, also remembered the noted author and columnist.  
“#RIP Khushwant Singh. What Man! What a life! #salute,” she wrote on twitter.

Khushwant Singh passed away at his residence in Sujan Singh Park here earlier in the day.