Jaswant Singh Rahi
(1913 – 1996) – (Punjab)
Jaswant Singh Rahi (Aged 83) was born on 16 March 1913 in a Rajput (Jaswal) family who were actively involved in India’s struggle for independence from British colonial rule. He was close to Baba Pyare Lal Bedi, a Punjabi Sikh, an author, and a philosopher, who mentored writers such as Rajwant Kaur Nagi and Shiv Kumar Batalvi during Rahi’s early years. Batalvi even stayed at Rahi’s house in Dera Baba Nanak for weeks.
Inspired by the freedom struggle, Jaswant Singh Rahi joined the Communist movement and changed his name to Rahi. He wrote novels, poetry, and a three-part autobiography entitled ‘Main Kiven Jivia’. He was awarded by the Punjabi Lekhari Sabha and conferred with the Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award.
Jaswant Singh Rahi is considered one of the most honest and bold writers by his contemporaries and critics. Kulbir Singh Kang mentioned that Rahi had his own unique style of writing that was not influenced by any other prominent or popular author. He passed away on 11 April 1996.