Asmita Bakshi
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Asmita Bakshi

Journalist and Writer


Cover Story | Longing and belonging along the LoC

On 13 December 1971, Baltistan was partitioned once more, dividing villages between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control. Half a century later, Balti families, still separated by politics, are building bridges through music and verse.

Hindustan Times Mint / December 2020

India 2020: The year of injustice

From Islamophobia to state repression in Kashmir and caste atrocities, while covid-19 made everything feel transformative, one thing remained firmly rooted—injustice.

Hindustan Times Mint / December 2020

The young new faces of Tibetan politics

United in the longing for a land their people once called home, a new generation of Tibetans is bringing fresh perspectives as they contest elections for the Parliament in Exile.

Hindustan Times Mint / January 2021

Cover Story | How the NRI voter could swing Indian politics

With the Election Commission’s plans to give NRIs the right to vote by postal ballot, the diaspora’s dream of being part of the electoral process may finally come true. Lounge looks at what it could mean for Indian politics.

Hindustan Times Mint / January 2021

The civil disobedience of Indian students

Over the last few years, students across the country have mobilized in great numbers, with their identity front and centre, to fight for their own ideas of freedom.

Hindustan Times Mint / August 2020

LOUNGE HEROES| Masrat Zahra: Conflict through her lens

The Kashmiri photojournalist has received the Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award and been booked under the UAPA. She continues to tell stories from one of the most militarized zones in the world.

Hindustan Times Mint / June 2020

Cover story: The love and longing of Chinese-Indians

As relations between India and China turn tense after the Galwan Valley stand-off, and the coronavirus pandemic fuels an anti-China sentiment, the Chinese-Indian community is caught in the cross fire

Hindustan Times/Mint Lounge / July 2020

Combating Covid-19: The great hope of plasma therapy

With over 20 clinical trials for convalescent plasma therapy to treat coronavirus across the world, Lounge speaks to those geared up to begin trials in India, doctors and donors who are leading from the front

Hindustan Times/Mint Lounge / May 2020

Rumble in urban India’s RWA jungle

How do these abuses of power by RWAs rest with anecdotal instances of kindness? Has there been greater democracy and participation by residents during this crisis? Has a new sociological dynamic—even if it is temporary—been created within local bodies?

Hindustan Times/Mint / April 2020

Dystopia vs development: the Kashmir paradox

Before the communication shutdown, things were looking up for young Kashmiri entrepreneurs. Now, with funds drying up and no internet, more than 100 startups in the valley have had to put the brakes on their dreams.

Hindustan Times/Mint Lounge / October 2019

When Kashmir speaks: The other side of a lockdown

Amidst conflicting media reports, a medical crisis, and month-long communication blockade, Kashmiris outside the valley are raising their voices, helping each other and letting the world know what it is being unable to access—their own truth.

Hindustan Times Mint / September 2019

A lesson in solidarity from Jamia Millia Islamia's teachers

Ground report: The faculty at the university has stood by their students against both CAA and police brutality. Professors have provided refuge, and made sure their students are safe even at great risk to their own physical safety.

Hindustan Times Mint Lounge / December 2019

Cover story: How Kargil won itself back

Twenty years after the 1999 war, locals and the administration are working to dislodge the war narrative that has long stuck like shrapnel to this district in western Ladakh

Cover Story/Mint Lounge / July 2019

Cover story: An election in exile

As the Tibetan community in India exercises the right to vote in the general election, what do they expect from the government they hope to see in power?

Hindustan Times Mint/cover story / April 2019

When the war hits home

The women of Badgam, a village near Kargil, have witnessed three India-Pakistan wars and lived through the trauma of severed families

Hindustan Times Mint / February 2019

Life after leprosy, India’s untamed disease

#MintLongStory on Leprosy, the disease that plagues India and its biases. It's not highly contagious, is 100% curable, and yet the religious, social and legal stigma associated with it persists, with over 100 discriminatory provisions on our statute books

Hindustan Times Mint / March 2019

Cover story: The Millennial and the Mystic

An increasing number of young, upwardly mobile millennials are attending satsangs and surrendering to the idea of a guru.

Hindustan Times Mint/Cover story / February 2019

Who's afraid of the keto diet

The cult of keto is so grand that people actually identify as keto “evangelists”. But where there are evangelists, can critics be far behind?

Hindustan Times Mint/cover story / April 2019

Cover story: Sex survey 2018: The new normal

Whether it's to do with the influx of porn is debatable, but the boundary between what is 'natural' and what is not is shifting fast in Indian erotic life

India Today / March 2018

Labour of Love

A growing number of well-to-do urban women are engaging doulas and midwives in an effort to experience a more traditional childbirth.

HT Mint / March 2019

To Paris, for Art

From fairs to galleries and everywhere in between, art in Paris is ubiquitous.

India Today / January 2018

Satire: We must stand with men

A demand for accountability from powerful men? Have you ever heard of something so bizarre?

News Central 24X7 / October 2018

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