We record with deep sadness the demise, on May 11, 2019, of our senior and core faculty member, Professor Bindu Bhaskar Balaji.
She had been resolutely battling cancer for over a year and had, after a period of absence due to her illness, returned to teach a few months back. The worst, we thought, was behind us. But the disease suddenly took a virulent turn and her medical condition rapidly deteriorated over the past weeks. The end came around 2 am. The cremation took place the same afternoon at the Besant Nagar crematorium.
Bindu Bhaskar played an important and valuable role in both curricular and administrative matters at ACJ. She has also served as Dean of Studies of the college. Her approach to pedagogy was at once eclectic and ethic-bound. Her persuasive intercessions at various junctures have helped defuse difficult situations relating to students’ affairs. Her intellectual inputs have contributed towards evolving and defining the liberal campus ACJ prides itself on. Successive batches of students have rated highly the skills she imparted to them, particularly in reporting and writing.
Before she shifted to teaching, Bindu Bhaskar worked at Times of India, New Delhi and Economic Times, Bangalore. She was the correspondent of Frontline in Kerala in the early 1990s and covered developments related to Sister Abhaya’s death and Chekannur Maulvi’s disappearance.
She authored a book on India’s democratic system, ‘My Vote Counts’.
We are the poorer for this irreplaceable loss and will miss a very good friend and a very valuable colleague. Our thoughts go out to her family in this moment of grief.