Ved Bhasin (86) who passed away last night in Jammu was the most Prolific senior journalist of the state. He was known widely as the founder of Daily Kashmir Times and also as the ‘Grand Old Man of English Journalism in J&K’, courtesy his utmost contribution to the journalism in English language in the state for more than half a century.
He was born in Srinagar on May 1,1929.He completed his schooling in Jammu and his post graduation before 1947 from the Punjab University (Lahore). He was a political science student and keen interest in the political sphere of Jammu & Kashmir even as a youth man. He came in touch with Journalism because of his association with the The Tawi, annual college magazine of Prince of Wales college. He was the editor of the magazine during his graduation days.
Upon asking how his career begin in Journalism during an interview , Ved Bhasin said, ” Afterwards I went to New Delhi for post graduation. After I returned in 1949-50, there was a newspaper Naya Kashmir edited by one Nazir Samadani, who later became MP also. He joined the government service, so Istarted editing the Naya Kashmir and thats how the journey started.”
To his credit, he has founded and chaired a number of social and cultural forums of J&K, including the Cultural Forum Jammu, Dogri Sanstha, and Bazm-e-Urdu, Group of Artists. He has been the Chairman of the Jammu Consumers Council and has been a patron of AWARE, a rural development body. Ved Bhasin has been the President of the J&K Association of Journalists. He has been the editor of Naya Samaj (1952-1954), Daily Sandesh (1956 to 1958), Kashmir Post (1958 to 1963), and a number of other journals. He also remained the Patron-in-Chief of Nami Dogri Sanstha – The Art Foundation (Regd) Jammu for many years since 1988.
Bhasin has been a passionate advocate of justice, peace, and human rights and has been an active participant in local, regional, and international conferences on Kashmir. Bhasin was a participant in the “Dialogue on Kashmir” in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace in 1994.
Bhasin remained the editor of daily ‘Kashmir Times’ for the longest running time between 1964 to 2000. He was currently residing in Jammu. He Was also the President of J&K Association of Journalists, Jammu Editors Conference, and Press Club of Jammu. He served on various Press bodies including Press Advisory Committees (as Convenor) for a number of years.
Ved Bhasin breathed his last at his residence in Jammu around 11 PM. He is survived by two daughters, Anuradha Bhasin and Anju Bhasin.
Though he died last night after a long suffering but he will always remain alive in the hearts for his uncompromising secular views and support for the under privileged sections of the society.
RIP Sir, Your death is a huge loss to the English Journalism in the state.