Shujaat Bukhari shot dead: Rising Kashmir editor was a formidable reporter who raised voice against govt, militancy

A formidable reporter, an incredibly brave editor and an invaluable voice of moderation. That's how the friends and colleagues of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead at Srinagar Press Colony on Thursday, described him.

As the news of the editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir being shot dead spread, an outpouring of grief was seen on social media. Veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta said he was mourning the loss of "an incredibly brave editor and an invaluable voice of middle-ground moderation."

Rajdeep Sardesai said Bukhari was a voice of sanity amidst the madness, and added that "he spoke out against both the government in Delhi and violence in the Valley." Senior journalist Siddharth Vardarajan, who was also Bukhari's colleague, described him as "a powerful voice for the embattled media fraternity."

Indeed, Bukhari never shied away from raising his voice against the powerful. After a CRPF vehicle recently mowed down a local in Jammu and Kashmir, Bukhari demanded an explanation from the government and the security forces.

Bukhari, who earlier worked as The Hindu's Kashmir correspondent, was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Valley. He was also part of the Track II diplomacy process with Pakistan.

In an interview with DNA in 2015, Bukhari said that the absence of a political process makes space for militants who find a fertile ground ...

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