Born on February 25, 1968, Shujaat Bukhari got his early education from Government Boys Middle School, Kreeri and Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Kreeri. He did his Bachelors in Humanities from Government Degree College, Sopore and pursued Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Kashmir. However, he left the course midway to pursue active journalism. He was selected as Accountant in Accountant General’s office, Srinagar but left the job within months.
Bukhari started his journalistic career with Samachar Post and cut his teeth as a journalist at Kashmir Times.
He was the Srinagar correspondent for Frontline and worked as the Kashmir correspondent of The Hindu for 15 years between 1997 and 2012.
Bukhari left The Hindu and started his own publications English daily Rising Kashmir, Urdu daily Buland Kashmir, Kashmiri daily Sangarmaal and Urdu weekly Kashmir Parcham.
A Kashmir expert, Bukhari covered various facets of the Kashmir conflict and was a recipient of the prestigious World Press Institute, USA, fellowship, East West Centre at Hawaii, USA, fellowship, and Asian Centre for Journalism, Singapore, fellowship. He did his Ph.D. on a fellowship from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Bukhari was also a cultural and language activist who remained the President of Adbee Markaz Kamraz, the biggest and oldest cultural and literary organisation of Kashmir.
He survived three assassination attempts while Rising Kashmir and its sister organisations were subjected to government censorship.
A votary of fearless but objective journalism, Bukhari stood for the resolution of Kashmir issue and peace in the region and remained involved in Track II dialogue process with Pakistan.
He was assassinated in the Press Enclave on June 14, 2018.