Scribes, Citizens Pay Tribute to Ved Bhasin

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SRINAGAR:Prominent citizens, journalists had gathered at Press Club of India to pay tributes to eminent journalist and Chairman of Kashmir Times group of Publications Ved Bhasin.

“Ved Bhasin will be remembered for his uncompromising attitude and convictions, very few journalists fit in this category,” said Rahul Jalali, President of Press Club of India. “It was a personal loss. I felt home with him, after my father Pran Nath Jalali’s death. The kind of journalism he espoused is dying. Ved Bhasin has today united us all. He was that kind of personality.”

The renowned filmmaker Tapan Bose said people would wonder how a Hindu from Jammu has a soft corner for struggle of Kashmiris. “It is very difficult for me to come to terms that he is no more. He loved his country. He fought for justice and peace,” Bose said.

“I knew Ved Bhasin from a very young age, as he was a family friend. Relationship meant a lot for him. He made be believe that meaning of life is felt through relationship. His life must be celebrated,” said Air Marshal Kapil Kak, retired Air force officer.

It is indeed a sad occasion, said Riyaz Punjabi, a former VC KU. “I have known Ved ji, when I started teaching law at Jammu University. He became friend a guide. He stood for values and I didn’t expect him to go so soon.”

Prof Sushila Bhan in her tribute to Ved Bhasin said the deceased was among very few journalists, who would stand for truth, tradition and modernity. “We should have every year a programme or a lecture to commemorate him and his ideas, he lived and worked with,” she said.

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