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Bal Thackeray Centurion ‘Leo’ rests in peace ‘Mandolin’ stops playing... Samskrt loses a passionate exponent... Flute falls silent The Rajha of Rajapalayam... Music Samrat!!! - TMS R Desikan – the crusader of consumer interests is gone The motor sportsman is no more This trendsetter is no more He elevated B&C to its best... How to build a nation Remembering I K Gujral… A honest bank executive... A welcome biography on a towering CA VV Goes... Honest civil servant Question on Operation X Big ideas, not big words, are important... A genius civil servant fades Endearing Aachi... The honest Sardarji Missile Man takes flight A Gandhian breathes his last on Gandhi Jayanthi MSV – the King of Light Music Tribute - R K Baratan Music loses a maestro He took space science to such great heights! A statue for RV, at last! Tribute – Baldev Raj Master of strokes The scientist-engineer who lucidly explained economics Fighter-pilot turned monk... Brilliant Saeed saab Deora – the best networked politician.... Cement, calcium carbide, shipping… TSN turned these and more into gold ‘Hero’ rides into the sunset He breathed transport development KB Sir for all... KP is no more If only he had fastened the seat-belt... Scientist and leader of educational reforms A multi-faceted leader rests in peace Another Leo of real estate and education is no more He contributed so much to the telecom revolution Jeppiar calls it a day Dada of drip irrigation... The Hero of bicycles rests in peace The ‘Q’ factor cost him Cabinet Secretary’s post Remembering Chariji Sivaraman, 100 A multi faceted prince is no more... He was the greatest. New team at the helm at TANSTIA ‘Sai’ Srinivasan no more Saeed Jaffrey Colour-Chem's colorful personality Tribute – Ja Ra Su Father of German unification no more... When SPIC spawned star managers... Transport S Narayanan India’s Master Builder… Justice Iyer, 100 Dr M G K Menon M Subramaniam He took Kone to great heights… Tribute: Dr. Krishnamoorthy Srinivas A versatile, humane and efficient administrator/litterateur A versatile legend moves on
 
The honest Sardarji

Call him names if you will; I am sure he enjoys being abused, but he was the most sparkling and the most honest editor of them all to have his imprint line on a newspaper or magazine published in the country. No problem identifying him, Sardar Khushwant Singh, who converted the Illustrated Weekly of India from being a castaway rag into a red rag which provoked lakhs of readers.

‘Chamcha No 1 of Indira Gandhi’ was a sort of abuse hurled upon him, but the ex-PRO of the Indian High Commission in London (who did not agree with the late Krishna Menon), a historian of the Sikhs, novelist, short story writer and essayist and some-time editor of Yojana in the Fifties, Kushwant maintained the strength of his convictions, although many said they were misplaced.

He even provided his services as consulting editor for Surya produced by Menaka Gandhi. Apart from the loyalty to the Indira family it was also perhaps a matter of a sardar helping out a sadarini – as ordained in the Guru Granth Saheb. For those not in the know, Maneka is a Sikh sired by one Anand whose bullet-ridden death is still a mystery.

Sardar Khushwant certified that Sanjay’s Maruti car was roadworthy although the test centre of the Defence Ministry at Ahmednagar did not. Being a Sikh, his motor mechanics must be sound. He remains firmly entrenched in the Indira camp. And you can have an assessment of the type of clientele he has cultivated for the Weekly; the readers’ choice of the Indian of the Year in 1976 was Sanjay Gandhi.

Some thirty years ago, the dirty Sardar wrote his own obituary. Can you beat that?  His column With malice towards one and all was widely read and loved. He died one short of what would have been a well deserved 100.

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