Misbah Reshi brings laurels to Kashmir, bags prestigious Rhodes scholarship

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Srinagar: 24-year-old Misbah Reshi has brought laurels to Kashmir as she bagged the Rhodes scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship is a fully funded, and most prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling ‘outstanding young people from around the world’ to study at the University of Oxford for two years.

Misbah hails from Srinagar’s Downtown and has studied in Delhi since her childhood, however, her love and commitment to do something for her community in Kashmir has never faded.

Talking to The Kashmir Walla, Reshi said, “This couldn’t have come at a better time. 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us- I am glad there is some good news.”

Her interests revolve around Human rights law, international law and criminal law.

Reshi has been a researcher with Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and has extensively worked on the 125-page report on internet gag in Kashmir after the abrogation of article 370 which was released under the title ‘Kashmir’s Internet Siege’ in August 2020, “It is extremely important for all of us to you do whatever we can to contribute to society. At the same time, it is important to work hard to reach a place where your work has a meaningful impact.” She said.

Adding that one should keep working hard, “. Keep studying- learning, reading, and writing beyond your academic commitments. At the same time invest your time in extracurricular activities- work with organizations that are in your area of interest.”

Reshi is a Philosophy Hons graduate from St Stephen’s College in Delhi and is currently a final year law student at Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

On being asked about what she would suggest to fellow Kashmiris, she said, “As Kashmiris, we all have the drive to do something for our community. For us to be able to make a meaningful impact, it’s important to work hard and build your personality- to be good in academics and extracurricular activities. It is important to be dedicated to bettering society.”

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