TV debates on Kashmir are a travesty’

TV debates on Kashmir are a travesty’

In an interview with the Kashmir Observer, distinguished Indian journalist Siddarth Varadarajan talks about reporting in and on Kashmir in the past few years.

We have created an unlikable Muslim out of a Kashmiri: Karan Thapar’

We have created an unlikable Muslim out of a Kashmiri: Karan Thapar’

Karan Thapar is one of India’s foremost journalists. He has cemented his legacy as a formidable television presenter through memorable interviews and newscasts. In an interview with Kashmir Observer, Thapar examines how the national media has narrativised Kashmir over the years

'National Media Stories on Kashmir are Pre-scripted'’

Rajdeep Sardesai, who is one of India’s most acclaimed journalists and also one of television’s most recognizable faces, opens up to Kashmir Observer about the jingoistic way in which Kashmir has been narrativised by the India’s national media.

Author Freny Manecksha on Literature,Women and Media in Kashmir

Behold, I Shine cuts across the conventional masculine narrative of the Kashmir conflict and focuses on the Valley’s women and children. The book records the lived experiences of women living in a militarized zone.  “In 2011, when a few friends and I were driving back from Shopian (In South Kashmir), we saw two women walking […]

'People May Reject Me, Hate Me, But Can't Ignore Me'’

A little known political figure from frontier Langate constituency in North Kashmir not long time back, is now a star attraction on almost every other news channel debating Kashmir. He is a must watch politician, unlike his peers in the mainstream politics.

‘Let the people of J&K decide what they want’

Professor at the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Honolulu, Dr Christopher Snedden is also a politico-strategic intelligence analyst and security practitioner who specialises in South Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Australia and Australasia. He has visited both sides of disputed Kashmir. His first book on the region — The Untold Story of […]

Jinnah did not want Partition: Ayesha Jalal

Since the publication of her first book, The Sole Spokesman, in 1985, Ayesha Jalal has been Pakistan’s leading historian. Educated at Wellesley College in the United States, and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 for showing “extraordinary originality and dedication in [her] creative pursuits…” Jalal has taught […]

Saudi's Stopped Me From Writing on Kashmir

New Delhi: An Indian Muslim journalist working for a Saudi daily newspaper was ‘forced’ to quit his job for reporting on excesses faced by Muslims in Kashmir and Gujarat. Zafar-ul-Islam, formerly reporter of Al-Riyadh, revealed that in 2000 he quit his job in the Saudi daily when then Saudi ambassador to India blamed him for […]

Journey Through Time: A Sense of Belonging & the Curse of Utilitarianism

Indisputably, what is happening today is an outcome of the administrative and legal measures imposed by colonial regimes such as the Black Letter Laws, uninformed partitioning of territories, of separating and misrepresenting communities and people with shared emotions, histories, cultures, demeanours and natural resources—