Arundhati Roy:Only Fiction Transcends What Is Increasingly Being Divided Into Subjects

She writes poetic prose, employs redolent metaphors and evokes utmost admiration for her novelistic virtues. Arundhati Roy is anything but a boring author. The 1997 Booker Prize-winner, who is equally at ease writing scathing essays, says she is a “disciplined writer” whose heart lies in fiction as it is a “connective tissue” between many things […]

‘It’s Not About Role Models Anymore’

Why he chose to to quit bureaucracy and join mainstream instead of Hurriyat, celebrated civil servant Shah Faesal answered many questions in a candid interview with Rajdeep Sardesai of India Today. Here is the transcript of the interview. You resigned from the IAS, in January 2019, protesting against the continuous killing in the valley. Why have you resigned […]

'The Anxiety of Muslims Is Fair And Understandable'

Ayodhya: City of Faith, City of Discord, published by Aleph Book Company is the first comprehensive biography of a sleepy city in northern India, which has been a place of reverence for many faiths for millennia, but has also been a place of violence, bloodshed and ill-will. Ayodhya lodged itself permanently in the national consciousness with […]

Youth ‘Disenchantment’, Corruption Big Challenges: Guv

SRINAGAR — Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said that corruption prevails everywhere in Jammu and Kashmir and counted it as among big challenges facing the administration along with development and addressing ‘disenchantment’ among the youth in Valley.   Here are Excerpts of his interview with local news agency. Since you joined do you think anything has […]

Lahore Today Is A Monolithic City: Haroon Khalid

Pakistani city, which has a multi-cultural history, has become a monolithic city and there is no public discourse about its diverse past. However, the traces of this history are scattered over the city. Haroon Khalid tells Riyaz Wani.  KO.    Lahore is a trip down the city’s multi-cultural pre-partition past?  What inspired you to embark on this […]

‘Urgent Need to Explore Human Dimension of Kashmir Conflict’

KO. All books so far written on Kashmir have largely focused on Kashmir Valley and the ongoing turmoil there. Great Divide is, in a sense, the first book which dwells on the fallout of the conflict in the part of Kashmir under Pakistan’s control. Given the turmoil and endless cycles of violence across the LoC, […]

Cricket-Star. Sex-Symbol. Prime-Minister-Here Comes Imran Khan In New Avatar

“Is Imran Khan, a legendary cricket player and international sex symbol, about to become the leader of Pakistan, an Islamic republic with nuclear weapons?”, this was how New York Times predicted the victory of Pakistan’s cricketing legend and national hero ahead of this years general elections. Well Khan has battled hard for 22 long years […]

New Delhi’s Kashmir Policy Is A Bundle Of Confusion: Yashwant Sinha

“Modi believes in one way communication while the rest of the party appears helpless before him.” Calling New Delhi’s policy towards Kashmir a ‘bundle of confusion’, former BJP senior leader Yashwant Sinha cites the handling of Kashmir situation by the Modi-led government as one of the reasons for his disenchantment prompting him to resign from […]

‘Quality Education, Adherence To Academic Calendar Our Top Priorities’

Holding its maiden convocation in its decade long history, Central Univer­sity of Kashmir (CUK), rose to promi­nence in short span of time across India, be­lieves Prof Mehraj-ud-Din, the varsity Vice Chancellor. In a candid conversation with the Kashmir Observer special correspon­dent, Auqib Javeed, Prof Mehraj stresses that quality education and accessibility rate CUK at top […]

'I’m a Kashmiri Muslim And I Want To Change India'

Born in a middle-class family in downtown Habba Kadal, Shehla Rashid Shora did her graduation from NIT, Srinagar in Computer Sciences in 2011 and soon got a job in HCL, Delhi. It was around 2012 when rape and murder of Nirbhaya stirred the Indian conscience and brought youth on the streets. Shehla too became part of the movement but felt restricted by her job to play a more robust role. Moreover her background in computers, she felt was not enough for her to join debates and discussions on issues close to her heart.


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