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An Extraordinary Socialist Democrat

Balraj Puri (1928-2014)

For more than half a century, Balraj Puri was a journalist, political thinker, federalist, human rights activist, socialist democrat and much more. He spoke for Jammu and Kashmir and of Jammu and Kashmir to the rest of the world and was widely respected in the state. A tribute by a friend of many decades.

India lost a political thinker, a socialist democrat and a radical federalist in the passing away of Balraj Puri in Jammu on 30 August 2014 after a prolonged illness. The loss has been mourned not only in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cutting across regions and communities, but all over India among human rights activists, autonomy movements, socialists and other left groups and above all by forces of secularism and communal harmony.

Balraj Puri pursued certain democratic values of politics and social transformation for over six decades of activism and intellectual work that inspired generations of youth and anticipated many of the central concerns of the 21st century.

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