Basharat Peer

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Basharat Peer
Born 1977
Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Kashmiri
Education Political Science at Aligarh Muslim University
Journalism at Columbia University
Occupation Journalist, author
Notable credit(s) Reporter at Rediff
Assistant Editor of Foreign Affairs
Currently Edior of India Ink
Author of Curfewed Night
Religion Islam

Basharat Peer, (born 1977) is an Indian journalist of Kashmiri ethnicity, based in New York. He is also an author and political commentator.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Peer was born in Seer, Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, India. He attended school in the valley of Kashmir and continued his education after matriculation in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh away from his strife-ridden birthplace. He studied Political Science at Aligarh Muslim University and Journalism at Columbia University.[4]

Career[edit]

He started his career as a reporter at Rediff and Tehelka. During the initial days of his career he was based in Delhi. He has worked as an Assistant Editor at Foreign Affairs and was a Fellow at Open Society Institute, New York. He has written extensively on South Asian politics for Granta,[5] Foreign Affairs,[6] The Guardian,[7] FT Magazine,[8] The New Yorker,[9] The National[10] and The Caravan.[11]

He is the author of Curfewed Night, an eyewitness account of the Kashmir conflict, which won the Crossword Prize for Non-Fiction and was chosen among the Books of the Year by The Economist and The New Yorker.[12][13] Peer currently runs the "India Ink" blog on the digital edition of The New York Times.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Wail of Kashmir". Indian Express. 30 November 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fineprint: Curfewed Night, a memoir on Kashmir". CNN IBN. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "How green was my valley". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 7 December 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/news/362
  5. ^ "Kashmir’s Forever War". Granta. 
  6. ^ "India's Broken Promise". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved May/June 2012 Issue. 
  7. ^ Peer, Basharat (5 July 2003). "Victims of December 13". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 5 July 2003. 
  8. ^ "Divided but not forgotten". Financial Times Magazine. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ Peer, Basharat (May 13, 2013). "Posts by Basharat Peer". The New Yorker. 
  10. ^ "Bound for success". The National. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  11. ^ "The Legacy of The Looming Tower". The Caravan. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Najar, Nida (24 February 2010). "Witnessing Kashmir's Invisible War". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ Shamsie, Kamila (5 June 2010). "Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir by Basharat Peer". The Guardian (London). 
  14. ^ http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/media/2013/06/8530821/prominent-kashmiri-journalist-basharat-peer-take-over-times-blog-india

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