For India’s new rulers, Muslim-majority Kashmir was the perfect place to announce the rise of India’s new muscular nationalism and unabashed majoritarianism.
Basharat Peer"The erasure of the residency rights in Kashmir has set the ball rolling for changing the demographic character of the state, the Indian version of the Israeli policy of settlements or what the Chinese have done in Tibet, says @HaseebDrabu in @nytopinion
The devastating impact of American sanctions has left many Iranians feeling they are already at war.
Basharat Peer" “Well, isn’t this already war?” he asked, without much rancor. It’s a question many Iranians ask themselves these days. " Iranian novelist Salar Abdoh writes from Tehran in @nytopinion
Both countries share responsibility for reducing Kashmir to a ruin and destroying generations of lives.
Basharat Peer"India and Pakistan.... share the responsibility for reducing Kashmir to a ruin and destroying generations of Kashmiri lives."--Been a while but had to write this for the paper @nytopinion@nytimes
Social media has been taken over by warmongers in the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Basharat PeerI and many other young Pakistanis have called upon our country to release the captured Indian pilot as a gesture of our commitment to peace, humanity and dignity. We cannot be a subcontinent of orphans. @fbhutto in @nytopinion@nytimes
The government’s effort to help Rohingya victims of wartime rape has lessons for the world.
Basharat PeerHow Bangladesh confronted mass sexual violence by Pakistani military during the 1971 war and started a safe abortion services program that continues today in the camps for the Rohingya @nytopinion@nytimes
The Indian governments and elites have ignored the deepening rural economic distress.
Basharat Peer"Successive governments have connived at and hastened the corporate hijacking of Indian agriculture, privileging the profits of a few over countless livelihoods." As farmers protest in Delhi, read this by @PSainath_org in @nytopinion earlier in the year
The “key men” of Shimla, who control the water flow to each neighborhood, were subjected to so much wrath during a drought that they were given police protection.
Basharat PeerSome 600 million Indians face high to extreme water scarcity conditions, with about 200,000 dying every year from inadequate access to safe water, according to the report. Terrifying @Abihabib report on India's water crisis
In the remote town of Mithi, tolerance has been a byword for generations. But a recent influx of Muslim extremist parties is setting everything on edge.
Basharat Peer"Suddenly, the killing of the Hindu Kumar brothers has raised worries that the tolerance the town is famous for is eroding."--Important, heartbreaking and beautiful story by @mehreenzahra in @nytworld
Reform might not have been possible there without the activists and intellectuals who struggled and suffered over the years.
Basharat PeerArrested Saudi blogger Raif Badawi's wife @miss9afi in @nytopinion calls upon Crown Prince MBS to start a process of national reconciliation by reconsidering the cases and imprisonment of prisoners of conscience.