Veteran journalist and Chairman of Kashmir Times group, Ved Bhasin passed away here after a prolonged illness.
He was 86.
Bhasin was suffering from degenerative brain disease for the last several months. He breathed his last at his Gandhi Nagar residence Thursday night.
He was cremated at the Jogi Gate cremation ground on Friday. He was given a tearful adieu with hundreds of people attending the last rites.
Bhasin is survived by two daughters, Anuradha Bhasin and Anju Bhasin.
Popularly known as the 'Grand Old Man' of English journalism in the state, Bhasin had written for a range of newspapers, journals and columns.
Bhasin was born on May 1, 1929 and he was an alumnus of Prince of Wales College, Jammu also known as GGM Science College.
He started his journalism career with Naya Samja, an Urdu weekly from 1952-54. Later, he founded the Daily Kashmir Times in 1955. He had also worked with news gathering agency UNI as its J&K bureau chief from 1963-1969.
Bhasin was President of J&K Association of Journalists, Jammu Editors Conference, and Press Club of Jammu twice and served on various Press bodies including Press Advisory Committees (as Convener) for a number of years.
Bhasin was on critical life support system for the past few days and breathed his last in presence of all family members, a press release issued by the family said.
His cremation was attended by people from all walks of life including politicians, writers, educationists, officials and journalists.
Among others CAPD Minister Zulfikar Ali Choudhary, Vice Chancellor of Jammu University Prof RD Sharma, NC provincial president Devinder Singh Rana, State Vigilance Commission (SVC) chief Kuldeep Khuda, ADGP Dilbagh Singh, BJP legislators Rajesh Gupta, Gagan Bhagat, Ashok Khajuria, PDP leaders Mohammed Rashid Qureshi, Tazim Dar, Saleem Mir of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement were present on the occasion. Some people came all the way from Rajouri and Poonch districts to pay their respects to Bhasin.
He visited various countries including USA, England, Spain, Egypt, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Germany, France, Turkey, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. He attended various national and international seminars concerning media, politics, human rights, peace, literature and social work. He participated in the ‘Dialogue on Kashmir’ at Washington sponsored by US Institute of Peace in 1994.