Ved Bhasin’s Demise: It is Passing Away of A Legend



Ved Bhasin
Ved Bhasin

The demise of the veteran journalist of J&K, Ved Bhasin has evoked wide-spread mourning.

The legend of journalism popularly known as the “Grand Old Man of English Journalism in Jammu & Kashmir” passed away late last night. Bhasin remained active in journalism for nearly six decades. He was the editor of daily “Kashmir Times” from 1964 till 2000.

Many politicians cutting across their party lines while expressing sorrow over the demise have described the late scribe as “legendary journalist who was committed to his profession till the end of his life”.

“The deceased was an inspiring personality who with his social service and public good has inspired many and will be remembered for long,” said PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti in her condolence message.

The ex-chief minister Omar Abdullah took twitter to express his grief over Bhasin’s death.

“His passing is a great loss to the state in general & the press fraternity in particular. May Ved Bhasin Sb’s  soul rest in peace,” Omar wrote. “He was passionate about India Pakistan ties, often sailing against the prevailing winds. Over the years he mentored many young journalists.” Bhasin Sb, Omar wrote, remained true to his beliefs to the end.

“It is a personal loss for me,” said PDP General Secretary, Nizamuddin Bhat. “In Bhasin, I have lost a humble teacher and guide.”

“We have lost a distinguished journalist, a human being par excellence, a legend and an upright personality in the demise of Ved Bhasin Saab,” said JKPCC Chief G A Mir in his condolence message. “It is a passing away of legend, a fearless person, and identity of journalism.”

JKLF (R) patron Barrister Ab Majid Trumbo, Chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar, Secretary General Wajahat Ahmad Qureshi in a joint statement expressed their deep grief over the demise of Ved Bhasin. “The late Ved Bhasin was a great writer, thinker and always defended right to freedom and expression,” the joint statement read.

“He devoted his life for distressed and oppressed community of Jammu and Kashmir and despite all odds served suffering people of state. His voice against tyrant rulers is a testimony that he served his people without any discretion of cast, creed and religion.”

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