• Why rush the winter vacation?

    Why rush the winter vacation?

    It was on November 29 that Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, the Director, School Education, Kashmir announced that there would be no winter break. Schools and colleges, he said, will remain open through the winter without any break to cover the pending syllabus
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    Why Kashmiris Have Stopped Mourning Their Mainstream Leaders?

    As a sea of people joined the funeral of the departed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha at the Marina Beach in Chennai, the contrast couldn't be more telling with the funeral of the former Chief Minister  Mufti Muhammad Sayeed
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    Protests 2016: Why A Hardline Approach By The State Will Not Work?

    It is now increasingly apparent that the separatist duo- Yasin Mallik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq- appeared to have been released by the state in an effort to break the impasse that has descended upon Kashmir. Neither Mallik nor Mirwaiz,
  • Why The State’s Approach Of Dealing With The Protests Is Wrong?

    Why The State’s Approach Of Dealing With The Protests Is Wrong?

    As day 118 of the protest movement that engulfed the vale of Kashmir melds into day 119, the state’s strategy and technique of killing the protests or what is left of these is becoming clear. The state, it would appear, understands that the protests
  • In this file KO image government forces blocking the road leading to the residence of Syed Ali Geelani

    What Govt Achieved By Foiling Separatist Meet?

    Police foiled the meeting of the separatist troika- Mohammad Yasin Malik, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. The troika have been spearheading the protests that engulfed Kashmir since the killing of Burhan Wani.
  • Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaking at a police function in Udhampur on Friday.

    Is Mehbooba Passing The Buck By Blaming The Separatists?

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Friday alleged that the separatists were not allowing schools in the Valley to function because they wanted a new generation of uneducated youths who can pelt stones
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    Why We Must Take A Stand Against Burning Of Schools?

    Notwithstanding Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s censure against torching of schools, another primary school was Thursday torched by unidentified arsonists taking the toll of the schools set ablaze during the on-going strife in Kashmir.
  • Will Track II 2016 work in Kashmir?

    Will Track II 2016 work in Kashmir?

    Track II 2016 might then be an attempt to follow up using non traditional means to break the ice and the impasse that has descended upon Kashmir. The question is : will this Track II attempt succeed? While nothing can be said or stated with certainty
  • Mehbooba Mufti addressing at a Police Commemoration Day in Zewan.

    Why Mehbooba’s Conciliatory Approach And BJP’s Truculence Bode Uncertain Times For Kashmir?

    A cynical take on the respective statements of Mehooba and the BJP is that they are playing the “good cop” , “ bad cop” game. In this schema, one player acts conciliatory and the other takes a tougher stance. But , this does not appear to be the case
  • 10 Cops Sacked For ‘Not Resisting’ Militants, Losing Weapons

    Dismissal of Employees: Govt Relying More on Fear than Prudence?

    Twelve employees of the Jammu and Kashmir Government have had their services terminated. The reason(s), proffered by the Government, for their termination pertain to their alleged involvement in the protests that have engulfed Kashmir
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    Weapon Snatching 'Test': The Form of New Militancy?

    Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Zakir Rashid Bhat, who replaced slain militant commander, Burhan Wani, has in a video statement urged potential recruits to snatch weapons from police and paramilitary forces and then join militant ranks.
  • How Geelani's Freedom Will Help End Impasse?

    How Geelani's Freedom Will Help End Impasse in Kashmir?

    Prudence then suggests that separatists be allowed to come out of their state imposed fetters, assess the situation on the ground and read the public mood.
  • 100 Day Kashmir Impasse: Who Wins & Who Loses? 

    100 Day Kashmir Impasse: Who Wins & Who Loses? 

    While delineation of the nature, pattern and reasons for violence in Kashmir is the easiest bit, what is difficult is the offering a prescription for resolving the imbroglio.
  • Cartoon of the day for October 11,2016

    Disallowing Muharram processions in Kashmir:Double Standards or State Paranoia?

    Muharram (especially days preceding Ashura) when Imam Hussein (AS) attained martyrdom is a significant and holy day for all Muslims. While the nature of Ashura is significant for all Muslims, it is form in which the day is commemorated that differs. 
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    How J&K Bank Can Restore Itself To Financial Health?

    Kashmir Observer offers an outsiders perspective on what the new Chairman can do to both improve the bank’s standing and forestall problems of the nature that the bank is facing.