Aliya Bashir

Aliya Bashir is an Independent journalist currently based in Kashmir, India; formerly in New Delhi. I possess field experience of more than five years in mainstream journalism with international, national and regional media houses in India. In my career so far, I have reported issues to “get closer to the facts” covering human rights, politics, environment, culture and healthcare, primarily through a gender lens. I have recently won SCARF, 2015 ‘Media for Mental Health’ Award for reporting on mental health issues in India. My work has also been published in TIME magazine, The Guardian and Global Press Institute, WNN – Women News Network, in addition to the Hindustan Times – one of the leading English dailies of India. I have also written for the Kashmir Monitor and other publications. I have travelled to Washington, D.C, Assam, Chennai and many other states of India on some special assignments.



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On Kashmir’s border of despair, widows of insurgents resist victimhood

Widows in Kashmir struggle alone with the physical and psychological damages caused by the conflict. ( TRT World and Agencies )​ DARDPORA, Indian-administered Kashmir – Long before sunrise, when the call for prayer echoes across…

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Photo Essay: The Pictures That Give Comfort to Kashmir’s Women

For many of the women whose husbands, sons or fathers have died in clashes over the disputed Kashmir region, photos are all they have left of their loved ones. Photojournalist Aliya Bashir explores the power…

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Thousands of widows in Kashmir are witnessing severe predicaments-economic as well as psychological-as they work under extreme conditions to raise and safeguard their childrenOn wintry afternoons, Shareefa Begum sits in her home and sings an…

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Kashmir’s Militant Widows Struggle to Save Their Sons From Insurgency

When men die fighting for Kashmir’s independence, friends and neighbors hail them as “martyrs.” But then their widows are left broke, alone and attempting to keep their sons from joining the conflict that killed their…

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Navigating the journalistic siege as a woman in Kashmir

(WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – I often wonder when people outside the Kashmir ask me strange questions such as: “Are there really journalists – women who are allowed to work?”; “Don’t you get married…