Demise widely condoled; Muftis, Abdullahs, Azad, others express grief
Founder Editor and Chairman of Kashmir Times Group of Publications, VedBhasin, passed away late Thursday evening after brief illness at his residence at Gandhi Nagar Jammu. He was 86.
Bhasin was cremated on Friday at Jammu’s Jogi Gate Cremation Ground.
He is survived by two daughters DrAnjuBhasin, Professor of Physics at the University of Jammu and AnuradhaBhasinJamwal, senior journalist and Executive Editor `Kashmir Times’, son-in-law PrabodhJamwal, Editor Kashmir Times and grand-daughter Saba Jamwal.
Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Governor NN Vohra, Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference Patron Dr Farooq Abdullah, NC working president Omar Abdullah, leader of opposition in RajyaSabhaGhulamNabi Azad, Editors Guild of India and other personalities and organizations condoled the demise of Bhasin.
Bhasin was born on May 1, 1929 in Jammu. An alumnus of Prince of Wales College, Jammu (now GGM Science College), he was active for almost 70 years in journalism.
He was considered among the top-ranking Kashmir experts and journalists.
Popularly known as ‘VedJi’ or ‘Ved Saab’ among friends and acquaintances, his work and life won respect and admiration from all quarters of the society across Jammu and Kashmir.
During his distinguished career spanning around seven decades, Bhasin served as Editor NayaSamaj (Urdu weekly)—the first political weekly in Jammu, from 1952-54. It was banned in 1954. Although that time National Conference was in power and Bhasin was member of the party, he pursued an independent policy and was critical of the establishment.
He started Kashmir Times in 1955. He served as Editor Daily Sandesh from 1948-58 and Editor Kashmir Post Srinagar from 1958-63.
A staunch believer of socialism and secularism, he upheld values of humanity and universal brotherhood.
A strong votary of peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue and Indo-Pak friendship, Bhasin was Founder President Jammu Peace Committee and remained associated with human several rights groups as well. He was founder member (ex-co-chairperson) Pakistan-India Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) and chairman of its joint Kashmir Committee, South Asians for Human Rights besides President of J&K Institute for Peace, Justice and Democracy.
Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, deeply condoled the demise of Bhasin.
In his condolence message, Mufti described the death of Bhasin as a huge personal loss. “He had been my close associate for decades. Ved Saab was a personal companion, whose friendship I always cherished. The void left behind by him will be very difficult to fill,” he said.
Paying glowing tributes to Basin, the Chief Minister said: “Ved Saab was a fearless crusader who will be best remembered for his never-say-die attitude, which is aptly reflected through his writings and the newspaper which he ably edited for such a long time. His contribution to print media has been phenomenal. People from all sections of life will continue to admire VedBhasin for his courageous writings.”
The Chief Minister expressed his solidarity with the bereaved family members, including daughters, DrAnjuBhasin and AnuradhaBhasin, and son-in-law, PrabodhJamwal. He also prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
Member Parliament and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the sad demise of Bhasin.
Expressing heartfelt condolence with the bereaved, Mehbooba said the deceased was an inspiring personality who, with his social service and public good, has inspired many and will be remembered for long.
She said the deceased was a humble and pious human being who would always stand by the side of needy and will be known for his uncompromising secular views and support for unprivileged sections of the society.
Member Parliament and senior PDP leader MuzaffarHussainBeig expressed grief over the sad demise of Bhasin.
Governor N N Vohra expressed grief over the sad demise of VedBhasin.
In a condolence message, the Governor recalled his interactions with Bhasin in the past many years and prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.
Deputy Chief Minister DrNirmal Singh condoled the demise of VedBhasin.
In his condolence message, he described Bhasin as one of the iconic figures of journalism who always stood for upholding its ethics.
Leader of Opposition in RajyaSabha and former Chief Minister of J&K, GhulamNabi Azad, expressed profound sorrow and grief on the passing away of Bhasin.
Offering his heartfelt condolences, Azad said: “I stand in solidarity with the bereaved family in this hour of grief and pray to Almighty to give them courage to bear this irreparable loss.”
Referring to Bhasin’s pioneering contributions in the field of journalism, Azad said he laid the foundation of professional and modern journalism in Jammu and Kashmir.
BharatiyaJanata Party also condoled the demise of VedBhasin. BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir paid rich tributes to Bhasin and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Expressing deep shock and grief over the demise of Bhasin, CPI (M) senior leader and MLA Kulgam Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami said the deceased will be remembered for his uncompromising secular views and support for the under-privileged sections of the society, for all times to come.
Minister for Horticulture, Hajj and Auqaf, Abdul RehmanVeeri expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of Bhasin.
Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo, expressed grief over the demise VedBhasin.
Director General of Police, K. Rajendra Kumar expressed condolences on the sad demise of founder of Kashmir Times, VedBhasin. In his condolence message, Rajendra described the veteran journalist as an institution who played an important role in promoting impartial journalism and producing young professional journalists in the state.
The Department of Information and Public Relations condoled the demise of VedBhasin.
A condolence meeting was convened at the Directorate of Information here which was chaired by Director General Information, Zaffar Ahmad Bhat. Paying rich tributes to VedBhasin, the meeting recalled his contribution in promoting a new era of English journalism in Jammu and Kashmir as early as 1964. “VedJi’s demise is the end of an era in the journalistic history of Jammu and Kashmir and he would be remembered long for his contribution in promoting professionalism in the newspaper industry,” Zaffar said.
J&K Congress chief G A Mir expressed deep grief over the passing away of VedBhasin, terming it a “great loss to entire country, particularly to people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister, Prof Saif-u-din Soz also condoled the demise of Bhasin.
MLA Rafiabad, Yawar Mir and Former Minister Dilawar Mir expressed deep grief and shock over the demise VedBhasin.
National Conference mourned the demise of VedBhasin, describing him as doyen of journalism who left an indelible mark of professionalism.
On behalf of NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah, wreaths were laid on the mortal remains of Bhasin at Jogi Gate in Jammu by Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, a party spokesman said.
Conveying his condolences to the bereaved family, Dr Abdullah recalled the contribution of Bhasin in the field of English journalism in the State, saying he was an institution unto himself who shaped the career of budding journalists. “Bhasin will continue to inspire young journalists,” he said.
In a separate message, Omar Abdullah said Bhasin was a trendsetter who gave a new direction to print media when it was in its infancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Bhasin will be remembered for his objectivity and high values of journalism,” Omar said.
He said Bhasin always upheld secular values and worked towards communal harmony.
NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar and Provincial Presidents, DevenderRana and Nasir AslamWani, expressed grief over the passing away of Bhasin.
Peoples Democratic Party’s all senior and junior leaders expressed their deep shock and grief over the demise of VedBhasin.
Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) chief and former minister Ghulam Hassan Mir expressed deep shock and grief over the passing away of VedBhasin, terming it “a great loss to entire country particularly to Jammu and Kashmir State.”
Minister for Science and Technology SajadGani Lone and Peoples Conference General Secretary Rashid Mehmood expressed condolences on the sad demise of VedBhasin.
Senior National Conference (NC) leader and MLA Kangan, MianAltaf Ahmed expressed deep sorrow over the demise of VedBhasin. He expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and MLA Khansahib Hakim Muhammad Yasin condoled the demise of VedBhasin.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday expressed his grief and sorrow over the demise of VedBhasin.
Terming Bhasin as one of the pioneers of journalism in Jammu & Kashmir, Mirwaiz said the standards of journalistic excellence, values and ethics set by him in this field were the benchmark that others wanted to emulate.
Expressing sympathy with Bhasin’s daughter, Anuradha, and other family members, he said the people of Kashmir are with the family in these trying times.
While expressing his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Bhasin, JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said: “Kashmiris have lost a great friend and human being.”
“Kashmir Times is a great institution that has served the cause of oppressed and credit for establishing it goes to VedBhasin,” he said, expressing condolences to the bereaved family including daughter AnuradhaBhasin.
Malik said JKLF shares their grief and sorrow.
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association expressed grief over the demise of VedBhasin. “VedBhasin was a distinguished journalist who throughout his life advocated and propagated principles of People’s Right of Freedom of Speech and Expression. He was a staunch supporter of the cause of freedom of people of Kashmir and through his speeches and fearless reporting articulated his viewpoint for implementing the Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir,” a spokesman of Bar said in a statement.
The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of VedBhasin.
In a condolence message, President KCCI, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani expressed his heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved family.
Senior Hurriyat leader Javaid Ahmad Mir expressed his heartfelt condolences over the sad demise of VedBhasin.
National Front expressed deep shock and grief over the demise of VedBhasin.
Chairman JK Democratic Liberation Party, Hashim Qureshi expressed deep sorrow over the passing away of VedBhasin.
Expressing his deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of VedBhasin, Chairman Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah said the deceased throughout his life remained sincere to his profession by upholding the ethics and values of journalism.
JKLF (R) patron, Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo, Chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar (Bita Karate), Secretary General Wajahat Ahmad Qureshi expressed their deep grief over the sad demise of VedBhasin. They expressed their sympathies with the bereaved family.
People of Shopian also expressed their grief over the demise of VedBhasin.