Punjabi writer Gurdial Singh, who breathed his last on Tuesday, was cremated with state honours at his native town Jaito on Thursday. Deputy commissioner MC Jaggi was also present at the ceremony.
Jaggi said Gurdial Singh reflected on the trials and travails of the poor in his writings. The 83-year-old writer was the second Punjabi literary figure after Amrita Pritam to be honoured with the Jnanpith Award. His son Ravindra performed the last rites. Literature lovers read poems during the ceremony.
Faridkot MP Sadhu Singh, MLA Joginder Singh, former Rajya Sabha member Bibi Gurcharan Kaur, and members of agricultural workers’ union and BKU were also present along with a large number of relatives, and friends.