Shujaat Bukhari, a senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir, was shot dead outside his office in Srinagar on Thursday evening.
Despite having two security guards by his side, unidentified men were able to shoot at Bukhari at close range in what is being termed as an act of terrorism to silence the journalist. The two security guards were also killed in the attack.
Bukhari was the editor of Rising Kashmir since its launch in 2008. He also published the Urdu daily Buland Kashmir, a weekly Kashmir Parcham and a Kashmiri daily Sangarmaal.
Here are some of the opinion pieces he wrote during his time at Rising Kashmir. All of these opinion pieces have been sourced from the Rising Kashmir website.
Fake news a concern for world of Journalism
In today's world, journalism is facing multifarious challenges and they have come mostly with fast changing technology. In the West, the print editions are facing tough times to survive and, in many cases, they have altogether disappeared. But these threats are understandable since the technological advancements have changed the lives of people to an unimaginable extent... Read more.
Communalisation of rape
The tragic rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from the Muslim Gujjar-Bakarwal community in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, in January, has taken a nasty turn and divided the state on communal lines. If the horrifying rape and murder of a woman in Delhi in 2012 had led to strong protests by members of civil society, which brought radical changes in India's anti-rape laws, this kind of solidarity remained missing in the Kathua case... Read more.
Unrest in Kashmir
Talking to Kashmiris
Kashmir's 2016 uprising that left nearly hundred dead, thousands injured and scores blinded failed to move the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government in Delhi to even acknowledge that political discontent existed on the ground. The contempt with which the outpouring was dismissed as "psychological captivation" and the handiwork of five percent population supported by Pakistan further explained the policy to deal with Kashmir... Read more.
Blood soaked June
The month of June that coincided with the holy month of Ramzan left a trail of bloodletting across Kashmir as the militants upped their ante against the forces, particularly targeting the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The government forces also intensified their operations, resulting in many civilian killings in the 'collateral damage'. Impact of this heightened tension was visible and it cast its shadow over Eid ul Fitr as well... Read more.
Army's jeep treatment and Kashmir
For the past two weeks Kashmir has been in the grip of a commotion which may cast a shadow over the 2017 summer, much like the last year. Nothing seems to have changed in the last six months after unrest broke out with the killing of Burhan Wani which brought the valley to a grinding halt. The by-elections for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency returned the people's resistance to the spotlight... Read more.
Curfewed Kashmir and political apathy
In its 26-year-long conflict Kashmir is witnessing the longest ever phase of curfew and that demonstrates how bad and uncontrolled the situation is in the valley. In the past it was 19-day-long curfew imposed by the then Governor Jagmohan's administration in January 1990. But today's spell has assumed new dimensions. It is without any break for about 50 days and it has been extended to night as well in order to break the writ of separatists as they call for relaxations in shutdown during the evening hours. Kashmir has a long history of curfews preceding the armed rebellion that broke out in 1989... Read more.
AFSPA: All Quiet on Kashmir Front
The decision of the government of India to remove Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the northeastern state of Meghalaya and restricting it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh has kickstarted the debate: Why can’t Jammu and Kashmir follow suit? In Jammu and Kashmir, the noise transcends the action. Since 1996, whenever an elected government has come to power, parties have used AFSPA as an issue to secure votes... Read more.
K-word back in Pakistan discourse
On December 25 last year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a dramatic landing in Lahore to personally wish his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday, it created a furor vis-a-vis India-Pakistan relations. The euphoria, however, fizzled out soon as it was followed by an attack on Pathankot air base by militants... Read more.
A ceasefire that was
A shocking incident on November 1, along the Line of Control and the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir has come as a grim reminder of the cost of the conflict between India and Pakistan. Seven civilians including two children were killed when Pakistani Rangers opened fire, and accordingly the Border Security Force used 82mm mortar shells to “settle scores” with their counterparts from the Indian side. Pakistan officials reported that six civilians have been killed on that side as well... Read more.
Kashmir at the altar of India-Pakistan relations
In 2017 again, India and Pakistan failed to restore even a semblance of normalcy in their relations and despite a year-end meeting between the two National Security Advisers no breakthrough is visible. With both countries deciding not to move towards normalization and the acrimonious fight on the borders becoming the order of the day, its adverse impact is visible in Jammu and Kashmir where the grind of violence has become a routine... Read more.