By Inderjeet Singh
Tribune India : Jun 18, 2017
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 17
Canada-based Punjabi writer Iqbal Singh Ramoowalia (68) passed away today at Brampton after a prolonged illness. He was suffering from prostate cancer.
Iqbal was the younger brother of former Union Cabinet Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia. They had parted ways over a property dispute. His father, Karnail Ramoowalia, popularly know as Karnail Paras, was a renowned “kavishar” in Punjab. Iqbal hailed from Ramoowal village in Moga district. He migrated to Canada in 1970s.
He wrote poetry in Punjabi and fiction in English. He authored two novels — “The Death of a Passport”, about illegal immigrants, and “The Midair Frown”, about the life of the Punjabi diaspora in Canada. He had taken a tough stand against the Khalistan movement in Canada.