Bisma Bhat is born and brought up in Kashmir. She has done her Masters in Convergent Journalism at the Central University of Kashmir and is working with a Srinagar based Daily Newspaper.

Features Editor of FPK, Bilal has been covering Kashmir for the past six years.

Umar Khurshid is a Journalism Graduate from Bangalore University and has a Post-Graduate Degree in English Literature. Currently, he is the Desk Editor at Free Press Kashmir.

Freelance journalist based in Kashmir, passionate about photography, Completed bachelors degree in mass communication and multimedia production. Currently Reporting for FREE PRESS KASHMIR, a weekly online news portal based in Kashmir.

Khawar Khan Achakzai is a Doctor with specialisation in Internal Medicine, his research works have been published in many international journals. He is also a published poet and a writer with interests in Kashmir history and conflict, post-colonial literature, Iqbaliyat and philosophy. He is founder of ‘Aagosh’, the first Kashmir based group/organisation which is actively involved in training workshops and campaigns for prevention of child sexual abuse.

Practicing law at Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Central Administrative Tribunal, Srinagar, Aasif Wani is passionate about storytelling and writes about legal and social issues.

Qazi Zaid is the editor of Free Press Kashmir. He tweets @qazizaid89

Vikar is the Video Producer (Lead) at Free Press Kashmir. He tweets @vikarsy.

Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of His books include “Searching Jenin”, “The Second Palestinian Intifada” and his latest “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story”. His website is

Alt News is an anti-propaganda site that acts as an antidote to fake propagandists that have established themselves in social media as well as mainstream media. We will also cover news which the mainstream media often skips or provides inadequate coverage to such as caste-based atrocities, religious discrimination, labour struggles, farmer struggles etc. We plan to get subject matter experts to write on various issues such as public policy, legal matters and other trending issues. The legal entity behind is a not for profit (Section 8) company called Pravda Media Foundation (CIN: U93030GJ2017NPL099435).

Devesh Nangla is the CFO and Co-founder of Alif Realty and has an experience of more than 12 years in the industry.

Manan Shah is currently pursuing Hon's degree in Archaeology and Ancient History. As a freelance writer, his work intends to reach out to people with stories usually about History, Politics, Culture and Conflict. He attempts to bring under the notice the historic events and traditions that have shaped the current cultural and political identity of the valley.

Ather Zia is a political anthropologist working on militarization, gender and Kashmir. Currently she is a faculty at the Anthropology and Gender studies program at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley. She is also a poet, writes short fiction and is the founder-editor of Kashmir Lit at

Arshie Qureshi is a reporter based in Kashmir. She writes about women and public interest.

The writer is a Masters of Marketing from University of London & is a steel fabricator by profession.

Baba Tamim is an internationally published independent photojournalist based in Kashmir and Qatar. He specializes in covering conflict, human rights and environmental issues. In his seven years of career he has done several projects for Al Jazeera Digital Magazine, Al Jazeera online- Qatar, Pakistan and Tehelka- India.

Burooj Ghani is a PhD candidate at the University of Göttingen. He is currently based in Hamburg, Germany.

Hari Prasad is an independent researcher on Middle East and South Asian politics and security.

Ranjit Devraj is the regional editor of Inter Press Service. In the past he has been a special correspondent with the United News of India news agency. Devraj counts two years in the trenches (1989-1990) covering the violent Gorkha autonomy movement in the Darjeeling Hills as most valuable in a career of varied journalistic experience.

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar has been editor of two of India’s biggest economic dailies, Financial Express in 1988-90 and The Economic Times in 1992-94. For two decades, he was also the India Correspondent of The Economist, the British weekly. He has been a frequent consultant to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He is best known for his popular weekly column in The Times of India, “Swaminomics”.

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