Basharat Peer

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Basharat Peer
Born 1977
Seer Hamdan, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Education Political Science at Aligarh Muslim University
Law at Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Journalism at Columbia University

Journalist, Author and Political Commentator Formerly Roving Editor at The Hindu

Currently Staff Editor at International Edition of The New York Times
Employer Reporter at Rediff
Assistant Editor of Foreign Affairs
Currently Editor of India Ink
Notable credit(s) Curfewed Night
Spouse(s) Ananya Vajpeyi

Basharat Peer, (born 1977) is a Kashmiri journalist, script writer, author, political commentator, and separatist, hailing from Kashmir and currently based in New York City.[1][2][3] Peer is a fellow of the Open Society Institute in New York, a George Soros initiative. He maintains that both India and Pakistan are occupying forces in Kashmir and often calls the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir as Indian occupied Kashmir.[4]

Early life[edit]

Peer was born in Seer, Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. 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, Law at Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, and Journalism at Columbia University.[5] Basharat Peer's father is a retired officer of the Kashmir Administrative Services.[6]

Basharat Peer is married to Ananya Vajpeyi, an academician.[7][8]


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,[9] Foreign Affairs,[10] The Guardian,[11] FT Magazine,[12] The New Yorker,[13] The National[14] and The Caravan.[15]

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.[16][17] Peer currently runs the "India Ink" blog on the digital edition of The New York Times.[18]

Notable work[edit]

Peer was also the script writer along with Vishal Bhardwaj for the Bollywood film Haider (2014). He also had a special appearance in the film.[4]


  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. ^ a b Sircar, Subhadip (2010-08-11). "‘My Nationality a Matter of Dispute’: Basharat Peer". WSJ. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  6. ^ Peer, Basharat; Basharat Peer. Curfewed Night. Random House India. p. 52. ISBN 9788184000900. 
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  9. ^ "Kashmir's Forever War". Granta. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "India's Broken Promise". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved May/June 2012 Issue.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ Peer, Basharat (5 July 2003). "Victims of December 13". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 July 2003. 
  12. ^ "Divided but not forgotten". Financial Times Magazine. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Peer, Basharat (13 May 2013). "Posts by Basharat Peer". The New Yorker. 
  14. ^ "Bound for success". The National. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  15. ^ "The Legacy of The Looming Tower". The Caravan. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  16. ^ Najar, Nida (24 February 2010). "Witnessing Kashmir's Invisible War". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ Shamsie, Kamila (5 June 2010). "Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir by Basharat Peer". The Guardian. London. 
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