In what experts are pointing to a carrot and stick policy, the government has appointed ex-intelligence chief Dineshwar Sharma to work as an interlocutor for the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Sharma will have completely autonomy in how he functions and he will be free to discuss matters with various groups, individuals, and leaders in the state. He will be free to talk to the Kashmiri separatists as well. Sharma was appointed today in a special ceremony attended by various media groups. Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government would like to understand the feelings and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Dineshwar Sharma would have complete freedom to hold discussion with anyone in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
“As a representative of the government of India, Dineshwar Sharma will initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in Jammu and Kashmir,” Rajnath said. Sharma was earlier the head of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and he had retired last year in December. Earlier, the government had launched an aggressive movement against the terrorists, during which, several top terrorists have been eliminated. Now, since the guns have fallen silent, holding talks would be more appropriate. Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed the move and said that dialogue is the need of the hour for the state.