CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 16:  The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today deeply mourned the sad demise of eminent Punjabi writer and novelist Gurdial Singh (83) who passed away at Bathinda after a brief illness.

In a condolence message, the Chief Minister described Mr. Gurdial Singh as one of the greatest writers of the Punjabi Literature. Mr. Badal recalled the enormous contribution of Mr. Gurdial Singh towards the promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture, which would always be acknowledged by one and all. His master piece novel ‘Marhi da Deeva’ would ever remain his best creation for all times to come. The Chief Minister said that Mr. Gurdial Singh was one of the most celebrated Punjabi writers who had always focused on the economically and socially marginalized people in rural Punjab through his short stories and novels. He made every Punjabi proud when he was bestowed upon the prestigious ‘Jnanpith’ and ‘Padam Shree Award’ being the son of the soil.

Sharing his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family, the Chief Minister prayed to the Almighty to give courage to bear this huge loss in this hour of crisis and grant eternal peace to the departed soul.