A pall of gloom has descended village Dadheri of district Fatehgarh Sahib, the native place of eminent Punjabi writer Santokh Singh Dhir, who died in PGI, Chandigarh on Monday evening.
Winner of several literary awards, Dhir had to his credit over fifty published volumes of novels, short stories, and nonfiction writings. Dhir was born in December 2, 1920 and his qualification was ‘Giani’ and his father Giani Isher Singh Dard was a poet and mother Jamni Devi alias Gursharan Kaur a house wife. Dhir was father of four daughters and a son.
When Dhir was recently admitted in PGI, Chandigarh Punjab Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had recently assured Dhir’s family to bear the expenditure on the treatment of the Dhir, who had rendered outstanding contribution towards the promotion of Punjab, Punjabi language and Punjabiat culture throughout his life. Dhir’s wife Surinder Kaur had expired at the age of 82 at her phase X house in SAS Nager in 2001. Punjabi writer and District Congress Committee Fatehgarh Sahib secretary Kanwaljit Singh Dadheri, who is close relative of Dhir informed late evening that his uncle expired around 5 pm today.
He said Punjab government should set up a memorial dedicated to late Dhir, who had contributed a lot for development of Punjabi language. He informed that body of his uncle will not be cremated as it will be donated to some medical college for research. He said his family will take the body from PGI from February 9 and then will take to Dhir’s Phase X Phase residence and then it will taken to CPI’s , Chandigarh office for public view and then it will be deposited to hospital again.
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