Journalists must stand ground to work professionaly, truthfully: Varadarajan

MAJID NABI. Dated: 6/15/2019 12:31:06 PM

Expresses dissatisfaction over investigation into Shujaat's murder

SRINAGAR, June 14: Stating that media persons and people from all walks of life in Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country are under constant pressure not to work in a professional way or as per the rights of the constitution, prominent journalist Siddarth Varadarajan today urged all to stand their ground to work honestly and truthfully.
He was delivering the first Syed Shujaat Bukhari memorial lecture here . Varadarajan also expressed dissatisfaction over the investigation of probe agency to trace assassins and said silence of police into the issue is totally “unacceptable”.
Pertinently veteran journalist Syed Shujaat Bukhari was assassinated along with his two security guards near his office at Press Enclave on this day last year
Varadarjan, another prominent journalist Syed Naqvi and family members of Shujast Bukhari relead a book- The thin red lines. The book is a compilation of Shujaat's write ups and has been compiled by his wife Dr Tehmina Bukhari.
The function was attended by prominent people from different walks of life including his friends and family members - Prof Syed Rafi-u-Din Bukhari, father of Shujaat, Dr Tehmina Bukhari, Syed Basharat Bukhari, brother, Nusrat Bukhari, sister, Tamheed Bukhari, son and other relatives.
Veteran journalist Mohammad Sayeed Malik and executive editor of Kashmir Anuradha Bashin Jamwal were also present. Shujaat had a long association with Kashmir Times and began his active journalistic career from the newspaper.
‘Cluelessness of police to trace out the assassins of Shujaat Bukhari and their objectives behind the attack is totally unacceptable. This is not done, at least the probe agency should come up with the facts and circumstances involving assassination of veteran journalist,” said Varadarajan.
He said it has been one year since the ghastly incident took place; however police seems to be clueless.
The former Editor of national daily The Hindu said that the slain was trolled on social media form both sides and was branded as an agent, the malicious campaign he said launched against Shujaat Bukhari before being attacked was taken was taken lightly.
“We were often meeting during functions, Shujaat Bukhari was being an editor and a journalist a bold journalist who never hesitated to bring real picture of events before the people. His outspoken nature on both national and international levels was outstanding. I never doubted his credibility given his bold speeches vis-à-vis Kashmir and the issues confronting people,” added he.
He also said the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the websites through which he (Bukhari) was targeted could have been easily verified, however nothing of the sort was done.
Citing speedy investigation into the assassination of veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh, he said the perpetrators involved in killing of the female journalist faces prosecution after charge sheet was filed into her assassination.
“It is unfortunate that killers of Shujaat Bukhari are yet to be traced. Their objectives are behind the murder stands mysterious. You see the case of Gauri Lankesh a special investigation team was set-up while all the accused are behind the bars facing prosecution,” he said.
On the occasion senior journalist, Syed Naqvi who was invited as the guest of honor while paying tributes to slain journalist said he was the man of high intellect and velour who always spoke truth. Naqvi said he too was meeting Bukhari more frequently.
He said Syed Shujaat Bukhari being a journalist and Track II Diplomat always worked for peace and never compromised with his profession.
Expressing disappointment over the growing intolerance in India, he said had India been converted into Hindu Rashtra in 1947, people sitting at the helm would have been more honest than today’s bogus secular people.
He said India being close ally of Israel have adopted all the strategies of its friend as far as conflict ridden Kashmir is concerned.
Father and elder son of Syed Shujaat Bukhari also spoke on the occasion and praised him for his velour and straightforwardness.
With tears rolling down his cheeks, Professor Rafi-ud-Din Bukhari father of Syed Shujaat Bukhari while delivering word of gratitude to audience who attended the function at Tagore hall in a frail vice said “I am highly thankful to you all for being here; it’s me who knows what son means to a father”
Dr Tamheena Bukhari, the author of the book Kashmir’s “Thin Red Lines” based on articles and write ups of slain journalist was also present on the occasion.
The meritorious students of several valley based universities were also felicitated with Syed Shujaat Bukhari Memorial Award for their outstanding performances in media education.



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