Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know – there’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend that we have all the answers.
Muslims said the Hindus had planned and started the killing. According to the Hindus, the Muslims were to blame. The fact is, both sides killed. Both shot and stabbed and speared and clubbed. Both tortured. Both raped.
From the first page of Khushwant Singh’s 1956 novel, Train To Pakistan, about the bloody split between India and Pakistan in 1947.
Singh, an Indian writer and diplomat, died Thursday. He was in his late 90s, though as The New York Times points out, his exact date of birth is unknown. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote in a statement:
"Throughout his life, Khushwant Singh worked hard to make it easier for the rest of us to understand and come to terms with the major social, economic and political changes that our country and the world witnessed. His writings, whether as a journalist, editor, historian, author or provocative raconteur, never failed to shed light on the human condition."
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