The death of Khushwant Singh at the age of 99 was a great loss to the Sikh community. Despite being an agnostic he was a very proud Sikh because he felt that he belonged to the great Sikh race irrespective of his religious convictions or personal views . He was thoroughly sympathetic to the Sikhs and their cause but disagreed with the manner in which the issues affecting them were approached. He was a fully fledged, not a part time Sikh, until his death. And even in the last days of his fragile age it was understandable that his beard was flowing which did not require attention to be clipped due to poor health.