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The News Behind the News

Kashmir defies analysis, prognostication and prediction. It is as enigmatic and mind twisting as it is mystifying. Kashmir Observer takes upon itself to unravel the mystery and mystique of Kashmir.

With an experience of over two decades in print and online journalism and drawing upon its expertise and insights, KO launches Observer TV (OTV), Kashmir’s first online television to bring you the news and views behind the news.

OTV will be featuring videos of events, peoples’ views, conversations with eminence grises and experts and analyses that go beyond the obvious and the apparent. We aim to educate, inform, analyze and inspire.

Keep tuned and watch Kashmir unravel on OTV.

Forest Rights Act

Forest Rights Act

Months after the eviction notices and demolition drives, the administration is now holding outreach programmes and tours to make people aware about FRA as well as to prepare assessment reports on its implementation. Forest dwellers, on the other hand, are waiting to return to their summer houses with a hope of a new beginning.

Suffering : The Plight of Paper Art

Suffering : The Plight of Paper Art

Dented by discord and diminished demand, prominent Papier-maché art has now become only a means of survival for its Kashmiri artisans previously hailed for their “golden hands”. While the new generation remains reluctant to enter the field, the veterans fear the imminent fading of the paper art. This documentary gives you an inside look of centuries-old Papier-maché’s present day plight and picture.

Pending Report

Pending Report

A recently tabled Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report not only highlighted the failure of many government departments in following the roadmap for the development in the region but has also pointed out the inadequate response of J&K government to the audit reports.

Derailed Drive

Derailed Drive

Sudden circular from RTO Kashmir recently paved way to a massive crackdown against the non-JK number vehicles in the valley. Seeking re-registration and additional tax within a set period of time has only created a new distress wave in Kashmir.

 

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Who Let The Dogs Out?

As a pack of strays pounced on a Pulwama kid and mauled him to death recently, the outcry over canine terror has once again reverberated in the valley.

Down The Drain

Down The Drain

Post-2014 deluge, springtime showers are perpetually spreading the flood scare making people of Kashmir paranoid about the gauge meters. Part of problem is compounded by ineffective drainage system and unscientific waste disposal. This Kashmir Observer Explained tries to map the menace when drainage is already overflowing due to drizzle.

Kashmir’s Mutton Matter – KO Explained

Kashmir’s Mutton Matter – KO Explained

Triggered by the revision of the mutton prices by the government, mutton retailers and butchers have closed their shops across the valley. The closure has not only put an halt to mutton; a go-to-food for most of the Kashmiris but also led to a whopping loss of Rs. 400 crore in just 4 months. Here is the matter explained.

Resonance – The Sound Of Synthesis

Resonance – The Sound Of Synthesis

Blending homemade folk music with fusion, Kashmir’s contemporary melody-makers are floating musical alliances to create a distinct sound in the market. Following the same trend, these young Kashmiri artists are reviving traditional musical instruments by making beat-boxing known to the valley.

Grades Of Grit

Grades Of Grit

To everyone’s surprise, Kashmiri students have once again shown zeal with their performances in the board exams despite facing the odds amidst lockdowns and 2g internet. The bar has been set even higher with the story of Parveen Ayoub whose journey is a perfect example of hard-work and perseverance.

The Resilient Ride

The Resilient Ride

Choosing to call himself “specially-abled” rather than disabled as few people around him think he is, a 23-year-old law student, Sayer Abdullah who lost his right arm in an accident sacredly chases his passion for off-road driving despite the odds.

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