1. Dalip Kaur Tiwana, 80
Punjabi novelist and scholar
Awarded Padmashri in 2004, Sahitya Akademi award in 1971 for her book Eho Hamara Jivan; first woman to get a PhD from Panjab University; retired as head of the department of Punjabi, is a Life Fellow at Punjabi University, Patiala.
2. Ghulam N. Khayal, 75
Kashmiri writer, poet and journalist
Sahitya Akademi award in 1975 for his novel Gaashiry Munaar (The Luminaries); was a reporter for Pakistan TV from Srinagar in the ’90s; asked why he did not return the award earlier for atrocities in Kashmir, he replied atrocities in Kashmir were ‘debatable’
3. Rahman Abbas, 43
Writes in Urdu and English
Sahitya Akademi award in 2011 for Khuda Ke Saaye Mein Aankh Micholi (Hide and Seek in the Shadow of God); double MA from Mumbai University; wrote his first novel at age 24 and was...