Who’re We?


DECODING J&K: Trying to explain, in simple language, provide a perspective on many things that may have happened, or are still happening in Jammu and Kashmir. This … DECODING J&K … becomes necessary because there are so many narratives about the state, often contradicting one another.

Please see the issues touched under the heading, Topics. Or for that matter, browse through the text and photographs of places given in Tourister. Pictures of Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, many areas of Ladakh, Mubarak Mandi, Panchari, Paddar and Suchetgarh border take you there. Almost of places that are often treated as poor country cousins but they are as beautiful, mostly far more than more famous tourist destinations of the state. And the wonder is that these places can be reached easily.

An attempt has also been made to provide original documents as far as possible.

Happy browsing.


Mahesh Kaul


Mahesh Kaul has been writing from 1999, on issues about Jammu & Kashmir and others. His writings on national issues led to the formation of a group called “Future Watchers”. They aimed at sensitizing the youth about national security issues and appeared in “Youth Spectrum” of Kashmir Times, a respected daily newspaper.

He did his MBA (Hospitality & Tourism) from University of Jammu and his forte is heritage & cultural issues. He was involved in heritage conservation in the Jammu region through PATH (Preserve Art Treasure & Heritage). PATH, professionals from varied fields, adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to document heritage of the state. The group filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to stop vandalisation of Mubarak Mandi which is being restorted nowadays.

He has submitted his Ph.D. thesis titled “Marketing Strategies for Promoting Heritage Tourism in Jammu Region” to University of Jammu.


Mukesh Gupta


An ace news photographer, Mukesh Gupta has worked for Reuters since 2003 and his photographs have appeared in New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Time magazine and other reputed publications. He was worked with The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and Jammu-based State Times. He has widely covered conflict situations like ceasefire violations, between India and Pakistan, encounters between security forces and militants and other such situations unique to working in Jammu and Kashmir.

He has travelled widely through three regions of the state, far-off Nubra valley in Ladakh, remote monasteries, Drass, Kargil and such other places. He has also worked on some major projects for international media houses. He has also done professional catalogues for some corporate houses and government departments across the country. With a professional shooting, with camera, experience of about two decades, Mukesh Gupta is presently working on photo book projects.


Sant Kumar Sharma


Sant Kumar Sharma has been a professional journalist since October 1990 when he joined The Indian Express at Chandigarh, after six years of teaching. Stints with The Statesman, Delhi; The Times of India (on Desk in New Delhi and in Jammu as Senior Correspondent); as Principal Correspondent with Star News (TV channel in Hindi); Bureau Chief for Dainik Bhaskar at Jammu and as Senior News Editor with Naidunai, Indore, followed.

A magazine, The Jammu Height, was conceived and remained on stands for a year (back issues available here as PDFs). The present news portal is picking up threads from where they were left once. Freelancing and a Fellowship with Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal, resulted into a thesis which the MCU has published as book `Article 370, Deceit and Fraudulent Communication’.

He has done M.A. English Literature from Jammu University and M.A. Journalism & Mass Communication from Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology, Hissar. He also studied for a year at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jammu.