Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

I thought he wouldn’t pull through. And yet his re­silience was re­mark­able, he sur­vived and scaled new heights as an editor and jour­nal­ist as his views were sought the world over. His Facebook posts re­vealed his peri­patetic ways: only last month he was at the Global Edi­tors’ Sum­mit in Lis­bon.

Shu­jaat had been, for sev­eral years, chief of bureau of The Hindu and Front­line, and con­tin­ued – even till re­cently – writ­ing for the lat­ter. But his skills had been ini­tially honed by the vet­eran jour­nal­ist Ved Bhasin and his beloved Kash­mir Times. He founded the English daily Ris­ing Kash­mir and the sis­ter pub­li­ca­tions, Bu­lund Kash­mir (in Urdu) and San­gar­mal (in Kash­miri).

For Shu­jaat, es­tab­lish­ing his in­de­pen­dence was not easy; his brother is a min­is­ter and se­nior leader of the rul­ing Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party. But it is a trib­ute to his abil­ity to nav­i­gate through the mine­field of Kash­mir’s murky pol­i­tics that his tweets were these days most retweeted by Na­tional Con­fer­ence lead­ers, in­clud­ing Omar Ab­dul­lah.

Less known is the fact that Shu­jaat Bukhari, with a doc­tor­ate, was a lit­er­ary and cul­tural ac­tivist. Shu­jaat was one of the lead­ers of the Ad­abi Markaz Kam­raaz (lit­er­ary fo­rum of North Kash­mir), which was one of the few vi­brant civil so­ci­ety fo­rums work­ing for the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Kash­miri lan­guage and cul­ture.

Shu­jaat was also ac­tive on the Track II cir­cuit, work­ing closely with the Lon­don-based Con­cil­i­a­tion Re­sources that brought in­ter­locu­tors from In­dia, Pak­istan and both sides of the Line of

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