Mainstream, VOL LIII No 47 New Delhi, November 14, 2015
Ved Bhasin — A Tribute
Monday 16 November 2015, by
You inaugurated your first flushOf youth by shoring up innocentBlood in the bylanes of yourBeloved city. And then neverOnce looked back from doing whatHad to be done to keep kashmirisOf all definition together againstThe hate-mongering, bigotedSectarian. You wrote and spokeFearlessly on behalf of the human,Never letting the petty-mindedRuffle your masterly composure.Not least of your contributionsIs the daughter you gave us—Schooled in the steel of yourConviction that it is in our differenceWe must find the beaujtyOf the composite mind. DearVed bhasin, doyen of democrats,We salute your life and, in theseTrying times, again vow to keepAflame the wick of which bapuOnce spoke, regardless of howThick the obscurantist smoke.
[Ved Bhasin passed away at night on November 5, 2015]