Kashmir reportage

Dal Lake -- Abhishek SahaDal Lake on a summer evening. (Photo: Abhishek Saha)

I joined as a correspondent with the Kashmir bureau of Hindustan Times in December 2015.

Here is a list of my special reports and news features from the Valley, hyperlinked to open onto the respective page on HT’s website.

Stories on the unrest in Kashmir that started from July 8, 2016 are put under a separate category.

Kashmir Unrest 2016

Valley remains tense, Kashmiris ‘pay tributes’ to slain Wani

Life in curfew-hit Srinagar: Petrol in black, stores open half-shutter at night

50 ambulances attacked in Kashmir, activists blame security forces

Cops face their ‘own people’ in line of duty

A ‘simple guy’: The 22-year-old former DU student who died in Kashmir violence

When the press came to a halt: Life in Kashmir without newspapers

Why Kashmiris hate ‘Indian media’

To stay indoors or not: A day in Kashmir marked with indecision

Despite Rajnath’s plea, pellet firing continues in J-K

Protesters allege security guard’s death in Srinagar was cold blooded murder

One month on, Kashmir Valley remains caught between curfew and shutdown 

Art is a means of resistance, says Kashmiri cartoonist breaking the internet

Valley under lockdown on I-Day eve as Pak raises hostilities

Five civilians killed, 31 injured in fresh firing in Kashmir; toll reaches 65

Protests erupt in curfew-bound Srinagar over youth’s death

Caught in the line of fire: The lives of CRPF men in Kashmir

Through thick and thin: Market on Dal Lake feeds curfew-hit Srinagar

As mobile internet remains cut off, youth turn Wi-fi hackers in Kashmir

Physical injuries leave behind mental scars in strife-torn Kashmir Valley

Mumbai’s leading eye doctor treats pellet gun victims in Kashmir

Evocative online art exhibition captures Kashmir Valley’s pain

When Azadi slogans greeted leaders of all-party team at Geelani’s house

A football star with a funny accent: Friends remember Anantnag victim

How journalists come under fire from both sides in strife-torn Kashmir

Pakistan a friend, India occupying force: #Kashmir separatist leader Geelani

Protests in Srinagar after teenager dies of pellet injuries, toll reaches 86

Despite mounting injuries, J-K govt justifies use of pellet guns

After two months of violence, a silent and sullen Eid in #Kashmir

Despite injuries, Kashmir pellet victims stay defiant, yearn for ‘azadi’

Despite anti-India sentiment, rush for police jobs in Kashmir

Khurram Parvez’s arrest opens a can of worms

Apple farmers in Kashmir battle odds, govt claims exports higher this year

Villagers near LoC have painful memories of war

J-K HC refuses to ban pellet guns, justifies ‘force’ used in volatile situations

Bring youngsters who have left home back to mainstream: MehboobaMufti

J-K govt sacks 12 employees for alleged anti-national activities

Notebook, #Messi T-shirt: Poignant memories of youngest victims of Kashmir crisis

HC directs J-K govt to protect schools as more buildings get burnt in unrest

Kashmir’s pellet nightmare continues as 7 injured in clashes, 3 girls blinded

‘Burhan vs Modi’: Video game in Kashmir shows Wani fighting for ‘freedom’

Kashmir Reader’s employees find their livelihoods hampered post govt censure

J-K: Hundreds attend funeral of LeT’s ‘engineer’ militant amid pro-azadi slogans

At least 23 South Kashmiri youth turned to militancy after Burhan Wani’s death

Kashmiri activist Khurram Parvez released from prison

In violence-hit J-K, pellet victims carry dreams in their eyes

Army says one militant killed in Anantnag, Cong seeks probe

Tales of Siege: Journalism students in Kashmir make film to capture unrest

Long ATM queues not for them: ‘Moneyless’ Kashmir calm over note ban

Rights panel seeks report on people blinded by pellets during Kashmir unrest

‘It’s like we’ve been released from jail’: Kashmir daily after revocation of ban

‘Unshackled’: What Kashmir Reader’s front page said after lifting of ban

CRPF denies RTI query on pellet guns, says there were no human rights violations

Want justice, not compensation: Kin of people killed in Kashmir unrest

Though scarred and blinded by pellets, Kashmiri students shine in board exams

In Kashmir, ‘resistance’ calendar counters J-K govt by honouring Burhan Wani

Kashmir unrest: Girl with bullet injury paralysed, CMO promises help

Post unrest, ‘freedom’ songs make waves in Kashmir

Kashmir internet ban: No one knows who ordered the shutdown, shows RTI

Other stories

 


Month by month, Kashmir’s missing persons lay claim to 2016

Children of conflict: How 12-yr-olds have taken to streets in Kashmir

Staring in the dark: Silent struggle of Kashmir’s young pellet victims

Artist makes a point with ‘cabbage walk’ across Srinagar

On Prophet’s birthday, Muslim gardener busy in Christmas preparations

Young Kashmiris are returning home for a fresh start-up

In Srinagar, autorickshaws sell the silver dreams of Bollywood

Republic Day in Kashmir: Three cartoons and one message

North Kashmir’s Chak village is without power since 1992

‘Memorial for militants’ spurs shutdown of South Kashmir town

Kunan Poshpora: A forgotten mass-rape case of 2 Kashmir villages

Writing is on the wall in Kashmir: Graffiti takes political colour

How French sport Parkour started trending in Kashmir

T20 match, clashes: How chaos unfolded at NIT Srinagar campus

Friendships take a blow as politics breeds hatred on NIT Srinagar campus

How national flag has become a rallying point in NIT Srinagar conflict

Now, Handwara girl says army soldier, not boys, assaulted her

At encounter site, blood stains and allegations of ‘staged encounter’

Floating on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, a post office like no other

Kashmiri militants exploiting social media, cops say it is intel for us

For the first time, policewomen offer guard of honour to a J-K CM

Capital shift: Moving men, material, machinery from Jammu to Srinagar

On fallen chinar tree, Kashmir univ students paint a war-torn homeland

Painting the woes of Kashmiris from Gujarat

Hizb commander Burhan Wani justifies attacks on J-K cops, warns media

In the digital age, barter system only option for trade across PoK

At Amarnath, pilgrims say faith helps overcome fear of militant attacks

Amarnath Yatra: In ponywalahs and palkis, a tale of communal harmony

Pampore attack: Security convoys in dangerous terrains are ‘sitting ducks’

Kashmir’s first woman football coach dribbles past gender barriers

Kashmiri rapper who shot to fame during 2010 unrest breaks the internet again

Kashmiris take to streets, social media in support of preacher Zakir Naik

Kashmiri artisans who produce unique Christmas decorations stare at oblivion

Accurate forecasts propel Kashmir weatherman to ‘saint’ status

Soldier, porters trek for 8 hours in Kashmir snow to bury his mother

Kulgam clashes go ‘live’ on Facebook in volatile Kashmir Valley

Kashmiri girl blinded by pellets sheds despair, returns to school

Secret browsers, encrypted messages: How Kashmiris are dodging social media gag

Social media ban: Some Kashmiris baffled, others suggest ways to defy it

‘Scared of camera’: Kashmir internet shutdowns seen as an attempt to choke voices

J-K police file FIR against army for tying man to a jeep as human shield

Srinagar youth who was shot dead was no stone-thrower, say neighbours

Our job is very difficult here: CPRF soldiers react to colleagues’ heckling in Kashmir

Srinagar bypoll: Pellet horror returns to Kashmir

Media vs police: Cop attacks Kashmir photographer, threatens to shoot him

This image of grieving 9-year-old boy becomes a symbol of Kashmir’s suffering

Lady Singham, braveheart CRPF official in Srinagar, has a message for women

Six youth face partial blindness: Why Kashmir’s pellet woes are far from over

Why Gautam Gambhir should not speak on Kashmir | Opinion

Photojournalist drops camera to save girl hit by stone during Kashmir protest

‘I feel happy that I helped her’: Photojournalist who saved Kashmir girl injured in protests

Kashmiri man joins militants, he was ‘victimised’ under security law

What internet ban? Kashmir politicians still lead a busy social media life

In volatile Kashmir, unemployment trumps fear as youth turn up for police jobs

‘Brave boy, brilliant student’: Family, friends remember Kashmiri army officer

Musa quits Hizbul after group dismisses his threat to behead Hurriyat leaders

Army major lying to save himself, says Kashmiri man used as human shield

HT Special | Facts, allegations: Tracking Major Gogoi’s ‘human shield’ story

‘Human shield’ row: Claims, counter-claims by army Major, Kashmiri tied to jeep

A Burhan Wani aide who kept low profile: Who was Sabzar Bhat?

Curfew in Kashmir: Uneasy calm ahead of separatists march to Tral

What cheek! TV news coverage angers many Kashmiris

Makers of film on Kashmir says denial of screening permission is blessing in disguise

Special stories from Jammu

Fled Myanmar but fear grips Rohingya refugees in Jammu as fresh threats emerge

In Kashmir, nomads battle cow vigilantes to keep alive traditional practice

Coverage of the acquittal of two Kashmiris after 12 years in prison in the 2005 Delhi serial blasts case

Being Kashmiri doesn’t make me a terrorist, says acquittee in Delhi blasts case

2005 blast: Kashmir alienated by Delhi Police jailing the wrong man

Who will return the 12 years of my life? Srinagar man freed in 2005 Delhi blasts case asks

Delhi serial blasts: Rafiq Shah free after 12 years, but life won’t be same

 

 

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