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Veteran Journalist Ausaf Vasfi Passes Away at 82

23 Aug 2019 11:08 PM, IST


 

India Tomorrow

 

New Delhi, August 23 - Veteran journalist and former deputy editor of Radiance Viewsweekly Syed Ausaf Saeed Vasfi passed away on Friday. He was 82.

 

He was buried in Saheenbaug graveyard in Okhla.

 

He is survived by two sons and a daughter. All his children are married and well-settled.

His elder son-Syed Tauqeer Ausaf-is an IT engineer working in Saudi Arabia. The younger son-Syed Tausief Ausaf-is a journalist working with The Arab News in Jeddah. His daughter- Uzma- is married to well-known journalist Zia-Us-Salam working as a senior editor with the Frontline.

 

Vasfi was suffering from multiple diseases for quite a long time. He also had a heart stroke some time ago. He was recently admitted to Max Hospital in Patparganj for severe infection but was shifted to Al Shifa Hospital in Abul Fazal Enclave two days ago. But he could not survive and breathed his last today morning.

 

His namaz-e-janaza was performed by his elder son Tauqeer in the Ishaat-e-Islam Trust mosque in Abul Fazal Enclave.

 

 He was born in Ashta in Madhya Pradesh in 1937. He finished learning the Quran at the age of six.

 

His maternal ancestors hailed from Lucknow and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He did his graduation from the Government Hamidia College, Bhopal and master's in English literature from from  Vikram University, Ujjain.  He did his Ph.D. in English on ``Imagery in Robert Browning's Poetry''.

 

He joined  the Radiance Viewsweekly in 1963, the same year the magazine was launched from Delhi.

 

Owing to his commitment to the Radiance Viewsweekly,  Vasfi did not change the organisation  and continued with it till his retirement in 1996. Even after retirement, he continued to contribute for the magazine. He stopped writing two years ago only because of his ill-health.

 

He was known as a very affable person among his colleagues and his circle of friends.

 

His write-ups in the Radiance Viewsweekly have been compiled in several books. One of his books is titled, ``Hindutva and Minorities in India'' published by Uruf Enterprises, New delhi.

 







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