Giani Gurdit Singh

Giani Gurdit Singh

Giani Gurdit Singh (24 February 1923 – 17 January 2007) was born in Mithewal village in the state of Punjab (India). He was considered one of the greatest contemporary writers in Punjabi and his book Mera Pind is regarded as a classic. It is now in its 10th edition and celebrates 50 years of publication this year. He was also a pioneering journalist, the Owner-Editor of Parkash (a Punjabi language newspaper) 1947-1978. He was also the Editor of Singh Sabha Patrika a monthly magazine of Sikh history and divinity (from 1973–1988). Giani Gurdit Singh graduated as “Giani” from Punjab University, Lahore in 1945 and he specialized in literature, divinity, history and folklore.

Biography

Giani Gurdit Singh was a member of the Punjab Legislative Council from 1956 to 1962. He contributed to the debates at that time and in the creation of Punjabi University, Patiala and in the recognition of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, as the 5th Takht of the Sikhs. He was General Secretary of the Singh Sabha Shatabadi Committee, Amritsar, which was renamed Kendriya Sri Guru Singh Sabha. As the Editor of the magazine Singh Sabha Patrika he focused on issues of importance to the Sikhs. He also established two Guru Granth Vidya Kendras, one in Chandigarh and another in Mehrauli, Delhi.