Know facts about Dineshwar Sharma; interlocutor in Kashmir issue

The Centre government recently decided to start a discussion on Kashmir issue following which Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed that the former director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Dineshwar Sharma would be the central government's representative for starting the dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.

Let's dig in some information about Dineshwar Sharma:

1) Dineshwar Sharma is a 1979-batch (retired) Indian Police Service officer of Kerala cadre.

2) He has served as the Intelligence Bureau director Intelligence Bureau.

3) Sharma hails from Bihar and completed his primary education from Pali village in Bihar after which he went to Gaya for the graduation.

4) Then he appeared for the Civil Services exam and qualified for Indian Forest Service and in the latter attempt for IPS.

5) Sharma has closely worked with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

6) He is the third officer from Bihar to head a central agency after former CBI director Anil Kumar Sinha and former SPG IG Vivek Srivastava.

7) Sharma is well versed with the issues in Kashmir and Home Minister Rajnath Singh has told during the press conference is free to hold talks with all groups and political parties. He further said that Dineshwar Sharma will have the freedom to interact with whichever group he thinks fit in order to draft a plan to resolve the ongoing crisis in Kashmir. He further informed that firstly Sharma will hold talks with the stakeholders in J&K and then a status report will be submitted, by him to the Centre.

As Sharma is all set to visit the state in 8-10 days, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the initiative saying that the discussion is the real necessity of the hour as she said ‘na goli se, na gaali se, Kashmir ki samasya suljhegi gale lagaane se'.

She further said that Sharma is a very good person & has huge credibility; he has been involved in dialogues in North East also. So, let's hope that after Dineshwar Sharma's intervention, the feeling of alienation will be eased alongwith Kashmir issue be resolved at the earliest. The government is trying to find a solution for reaching out to the people of Kashmir with the process of dialogue which seem to be the only way forward.


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