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Mainstream, VOL LIII No 47 New Delhi, November 14, 2015

Ved Bhasin — A Tribute

Monday 16 November 2015, by Badri Raina

You inaugurated your first flush
Of youth by shoring up innocent
Blood in the bylanes of your
Beloved city. And then never
Once looked back from doing what
Had to be done to keep kashmiris
Of all definition together against
The hate-mongering, bigoted
Sectarian. You wrote and spoke
Fearlessly on behalf of the human,
Never letting the petty-minded
Ruffle your masterly composure.
Not least of your contributions
Is the daughter you gave us—
Schooled in the steel of your
Conviction that it is in our difference
We must find the beaujty
Of the composite mind. Dear
Ved bhasin, doyen of democrats,
We salute your life and, in these
Trying times, again vow to keep
Aflame the wick of which bapu
Once spoke, regardless of how
Thick the obscurantist smoke.

Badri Raina

[Ved Bhasin passed away at night on November 5, 2015]