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The End of an era


Mohd. Yaseen

It was a chilly day of 3rd January, when a stalwart of law named Advocate Vinod Bakshi took his last breath in . A man of wisdom and principles who left no stone unturned during his service in terms of advocacy has created a big vacuum in terms of his service towards the Nation. A man who was loved by everyone for his Charismatic personality with a kind heart and a joyful nature, everyone will miss his dedicated and fearless service. The news came as a shock to the lawyer fraternity, with many expressing grief over it.

Born to the then Tehsildar of Rajouri Sh. Bakshi Thakur Dass on 23rd September, 1952 in Rajouri, Adv. Vinod did his schooling from Luthra Academy, Jammu and DAV School Srinagar. After his schooling he completed his from GGM Science College, Jammu and LLB from Jammu University in the year 1973. During his School, College and University time he was not only a meritorious student but was a very good sportsman, he was the captain of his college cricket team and was very active in other sports too which brought laurels for the then the state of Jammu and . After completing his studies he immediately started his practice and further became a distinguished legal luminary with the practice at both Lower Courts & J&K High Court for almost 5 Decades. Very few people know his talent, he was very knowledgeable about Indian Film Music in which he can identify the Singers, Lyricists and Music Composers of almost all the retro songs, which was a very rare quality.

No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, taken in comfort in knowing that he is now in the arms of God.

A man may die, but his legacy will continue through his deeds. The pain of losing Mr Vinod Bakshi, is difficult to bear.I don't know how to console my grieving heart at the sad demise of Dearest of dear friend Mr Vinod Bakshi's departure. I know mourning is not the best way to say goodbye to him, but I don't know how to control myself, shared Advocate Dinesh Singh Chauhan

On a professional front, during his tenure as Deputy Advocate General he very efficiently handled all the prominent Govt Departments like Home, , SSB, Consumer affairs and Public Distributions. He was also Central Government standing counsel for 5 years.During his lifetime he donned many hats, amongst his friends, he was favourite due to his loyalty and compassion, his juniors looked up to him for his work ethics and discipline.

While sharing her views, Adv. Seema Khajooria Shekher Former Additional  Advocate General shared that, of the thousands who may see the obituary column, many will feel pangs of pain, many may feel shock, many may go back in the memory lane, many may just notice the name as being familiar, but for us the passing away of Sh. Vinod Kumar Bakshi, it is a personal loss. Vinod ji was a decent, simple, soft spoken, affable, witty colleague and friend who bore ill will towards none. Son of a respected civil servant of Jammu, Bakshi Thakur Dass, with whom our parents had a close association, Vinod ji was a smart young sportsman who captained the college cricket team and never lost his sportsman spirit even after joining the legal profession. He went through life with the same spirit – facing the challenges, celebrating victories and accepting defeats. Our association goes back to more than four decades. We spent hours together sharing our views and experiences over cups of tea. We faced each other in the courts, representing opposite parties, in a number of cases but our relations always remained cordial and friendly. Vinod Ji will be remembered and missed by the members of J&K High Court Bar Association in general and by us in particular.

We were not classmates ever nor we practiced law together ever, yet the bonding between us was so intense and strong that I was bit crestfallen the moment when I heard from Sudesh Sharma- younger son of revered Pt Mangat Ram Sharma ji that Vinod Bakshi is gone forever from our lives. Dumbstruck, it came to my mind how fast our group disintegrated.  Slathia and Jaspinder (Jaggu Papa) , our core group during almost 45 years in the courts, had already shattered us, and now Bakshi, so suddenly. I was told by Dr TR Sharma ji ( Brother-in-law of Vinod Bakshi), elder son of Former Deputy CM of J&K, Pt. Mangat Ram Sharma Ji in whose home, Vinod had gone on the fateful day- yesterday, that they had breakfast and lunch together and in evening, just after talking tea, Vinod suddenly had a massive heart attack and in a jiffy, he was no more.

Indeed a saintly departure.  It will, indeed, be difficult for us, in the Library of the High Court, where we used to have his company these days. His sharp and often unpalatable comments for many will be missed, shared Mr. V.K. Magoo, Former Assistant Solicitor General of India.

Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed while sharing his views said that i lost a big brother who always exercised right over me and calling me “Shakeel” and that caring and loving and smiling face/voice will be missed and I am Praying for Jannat ul firdous to Vinod Bakshi Sahab.

It's evident that Advocate Vinod Bakshi was a remarkable individual, leaving a significant impact through his legal career and personal qualities. His dedication to service and versatile talents, both in law and music, make his legacy truly memorable.

The advocacy fraternity is in deep sorrow followed by the loved ones as they lost a big asset of Duggarland. Our Land of Dogras has provided us with so many torch bearers and Adv. Vinod Bakshi was one of them. It is the end of an era and his contributions and legacy will be remembered in years to come.


(The Writer is a Scholarship and Fellowship Holder in the field of Culture and can be reached at




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