The Dirty War in Kashmir
Author: Shujaat Bukhari
9789380118727 | PB | pp. 96 | 2018 | LeftWord Books
Shujaat Bukhari was one of the most vital, balanced and well-informed voices in Kashmir. This is a collection of his reports from 2017 till his assassination.
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Shujaat Bukhari was one of the most vital, balanced and well-informed voices in Kashmir. Perhaps for this reason, the 50-year-old journalist was shot dead by motorcycle-borne gunmen in Srinagar on the evening of June 14, 2018, as he was leaving the office of Rising Kashmir. A voice has been silenced. But before he was killed, Shujaat Bukhari documented for Frontline magazine the damage done to Kashmir. This book collects Shujaat Bukhari’s reports from May 2017 to his assassination. He reflects here on the policies of the Indian state (including the impunity given to the army), the hate-filled politics of the Hindu Right (exemplified in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua), the alienation of the Kashmiri people, the protests of young people (and their use of social media) and the rise of a new kind of militant (such as Burhan Wani). These are detailed assessments, essential reading for anyone who wants to know about the old and new forces inside Kashmir. The pieces offer insights into the ways and means to bring about lasting peace in the Valley – a cause for which Shujaat lived and died.
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About the Contributors
The author (1968-2018) was a journalist based in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir). He was the Srinagar correspondent for Frontline and was the editor of Rising Kashmir. Between 1997 and 2012, he was a correspondent for The Hindu. Shujaat started the Urdu daily Buland Kashmir and the Urdu weekly Kashmir Parcham as well as the Kashmiri language paper Sangarmal. He was president of the Abadi Markaz Kamraz, a literary forum to promote the Kashmiri language. An honest and well-informed journalist, Shujaat survived three assassination attempts before he was brutally gunned down outside his office on June 14, 2018. He is survived by his wife Tahmeena and his two children.
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