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Bashir or Basheer or the francicized Bachir or Bechir (Arabic: بشير) is a male given name. Derived from Arabic, it means "the one who brings good news". It is also a surname.

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (21 January 1908 – 5 July 1994), also known as Beypore Sulthan an Indian independence activist and writer of Malayalam literature . He was a writer, humanist, freedom fighter, novelist and short story writer, noted for his path-breaking, down-to-earth style of writing that made him equally popular among literary critics as well as the common man. His notable works include Balyakalasakhi, Shabdangal, Pathummayude Aadu, Mathilukal, Ntuppuppakkoranendarnnu, Janmadinam and Anargha Nimisham and the translations of his works into other languages have earned him worldwide acclaim. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honor of the Padma Shri in 1982. He was also a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Fellowship, Kerala Sahitya Academy Fellowship, and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Story. He was a recipient of the Vallathol Award in 1993. His notable works are Pathummayude Aadu, Ente Uppapaku Oru Aana Undaarnnu and Balyakalika Saga.


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