Punjabi Left-wing activist and author of ‘Jangalnama’, Satnam committed suicide at his residence in Patiala on Wednesday night. He was apparently suffering from depression for the past six months.
Jangalnama, authored by him in Punjabi in 2004, was his most famous work. It was later translated into Hindi and English. The book gave an insight into the lives of the adivasis of Bastar and was an account of his travels in the Maoist guerrilla zone.
The first book written by Satnam, whose real name was Gurmeet Singh, was a translation of Spartacus. He had studied humanities at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
Initial reports suggest he hanged himself to death. He is survived by his daughter. He belonged to a village in Amritsar and was living alone in Patiala.