Tuesday, October 24, 2017
facebook

google plus
Ex-IB chief to be Kashmir interlocutorHome Minister Rajnath Singh with former IB Director Dineshwar Sharma in New Delhi on Monday. ANI

Ex-IB chief to be Kashmir interlocutor

Dineshwar Sharma to have Cabinet Secy rank; no time-frame for ‘sustained dialogue process’24 Oct 2017 | 2:23 AM

NEW DELHI:The Central Government today announced initiating a “sustained dialogue process” in troubled Jammu and Kashmir and appointed former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Dineshwar Sharma as an interlocutor to engage “all sections of people” to find a “lasting solution” to the vexed problem.

[ + read story ]

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23

The Central Government today announced initiating a “sustained dialogue process” in troubled Jammu and Kashmir and appointed former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Dineshwar Sharma as an interlocutor to engage “all sections of people” to find a “lasting solution” to the vexed problem.

Edit: Back to Vajpayee line

Kashmir experts in the government feel the dialogue is likely to give positive results as the Centre’s “hot pursuit” in the state over the past two years has reached a “threshold level”.

Talking to The Tribune, a senior Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) official, directly involved in the process, said: “The sustained hot pursuit has brought the state to a threshold level, where a meaningful dialogue can take place.”

Announcing the decision at a hurriedly convened press conference this afternoon, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Sharma had been mandated to hold talks with all sections of people and organisations.

(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)

On whether Sharma would engage separatist leaders in the talks, Singh clarified that the former IB chief, who will hold the rank of a Cabinet Secretary, would have complete independence in deciding who to hold talks with. He, however, said no time-frame had been set as the issue was sensitive.

“The Centre has shown conviction and consistency on the Kashmir issue and carrying forward this policy, we have decided to begin a sustained dialogue policy for Jammu and Kashmir. And for this, we have decided to appoint Dineshwar Sharma as a special representative of the Government of India,” Singh said, while recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address during which he had said the problems in Jammu and Kashmir could be solved “neither by bullet, nor by abuses, but by embracing the people”.

The Home Minister said Modi had held a series of meetings with political representatives on the Kashmir issue. “All of them were clear that the process of dialogue should begin in the Valley,” he added. Sharma, a 1979-batch retired officer of the Indian Police Service, served as Intelligence Bureau Director from December 2014 to 2016. 

Earlier, he was the Joint Director of the IB's Islamist Terrorism Desk from 2003 to '05. He headed the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir and was the director of the BSF Academy, and Additional Director and Special Director in the IB.

Asked whether a police officer was capable of holding talks on such a sensitive issue, Singh said: “What’s wrong in that? He is an apolitical person, which is a great advantage. Besides, he is well aware of the internal security situation of the country.”

Meanwhile, members of the Concerned Citizens Group (CCG), which was led by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha during a recent visit to the Valley, termed the move “excellent”, but rued the fact that the government continued to see the problem as a “security issue”.

CCG member and Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak (retd) told The Tribune: “It’s good to see that now the Centre is doing something instead of nothing. It is also recognition of the fact that the hawkish approach will not resolve the problem.

“But the big question is that the government lacks political imagination as it has chosen an IB man, which is not a good reflection on its part.”


It had to begin in Valley

Centre has shown conviction and consistency on Kashmir issue and carrying forward this policy, we have decided to begin a sustained dialogue policy for J&K… Everyone wanted it to begin in Valley. You cannot pre-judge that this initiative will not be successful. — Rajnath Singh, Home Minister

In line with PM’s I-Day speech

Welcome the initiative of Union Government… this is in line with PM @narendramodi’s 15th August speech ‘na goli se, na gaali se, Kashmir ki samasya suljhegi gale lagaane se’ (neither by bullet, nor by abuses but by embracing people). — Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu & Kashmir CM

Why did they waste 3 yrs?

Why did they have to waste three-and-a-half years? They could have done this much in advance and saved the loss of lives. Finally, they acknowledge this was needed. DeMo, GST and now an interlocutor… They are changing stand on everything. — Ghulam Nabi Azad, Cong

SC: Should we wear patriotism on sleeves?National Anthem in cinema halls

SC: Should we wear patriotism on sleeves?

24 Oct 2017 | 2:24 AM

NEW DELHI:The controversy surrounding the Supreme Court’s order to play the National Anthem in cinema halls took a curious turn on Monday with one of the judges on the three-judge Bench raising questions over making it mandatory.

Stokes’ last-minute stroke: Back in race

Stokes’ last-minute stroke: Back in race

24 Oct 2017 | 2:25 AM

NEW DELHI/SHIMLA: No, there is no place for a “no” in politics. So, 89-year-old Vidya Stokes may have been categorical about withdrawing from the electoral race this time, but the grand old lady of Himachal politics did a dramatic volte-face just hours before the nomination process for the November 9 Assembly elections was to end on Monday.

Major fire breaks out at yarn mill in Ludhiana

Major fire breaks out at yarn mill in Ludhiana

24 Oct 2017 | 9:45 AM

LUDHIANA: A major fire was on Tuesday reported at a yarn mill near Shingar cinema in Ludhiana. More than 12 fire brigades are trying to douse the flames.

US: Father of missing 3-yr-old girl arrested; body still not identified

US: Father of missing 3-yr-old girl arrested; body still not identified

24 Oct 2017 | 8:56 AM

HOUSTON: Wesley Mathews, father of missing three-year-old adopted Indian girl Sherin Mathews has been arrested, a day after body of a small child was found in a culvert, less than a mile from the family's home.

Two Indian nationals charged for molesting women in Singapore

Two Indian nationals charged for molesting women in Singapore

24 Oct 2017 | 8:47 AM

SINGAPORE: Two Indian nationals were charged in court under outrage of modesty cases in Singapore and may face up to two years jail, fine or canning.

Haryana Cong MLAs evicted amid Dadupur canal din

Haryana Cong MLAs evicted amid Dadupur canal din

24 Oct 2017 | 2:22 AM

CHANDIGARH:Fifteen Congress legislators were named and removed from the Haryana Vidhan Sabha for the day after they refused to let the House function till their adjournment motion on scrapping of the Dadupur Nalvi canal was debated before any other agenda today.

Rana’s ‘conflict of interest’: HC notice to Punjab

Rana’s ‘conflict of interest’: HC notice to Punjab

24 Oct 2017 | 2:22 AM

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the State of Punjab on notice on a petition filed in public interest for restraining Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh from dealing with affairs of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).

Power 9.3% costlier in Punjab, from April 1 this yr

Power 9.3% costlier in Punjab, from April 1 this yr

24 Oct 2017 | 2:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: Domestic consumers in Punjab will have to pay an additional Rs 0.48 to Rs 0.96 per unit as their power bills; while commercial consumers will have to pay Rs 0.70 to Rs 0.85 per unit more.

Govt may hike wheat MSP by Rs 100 per quintal

Govt may hike wheat MSP by Rs 100 per quintal

24 Oct 2017 | 2:22 AM

NEW DELHI:The government may hike the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat by Rs 100 to Rs 1,725 a quintal for this year, a government source said today.

Harassed by moneylender, TN couple burns self, kids

24 Oct 2017 | 2:22 AM

TIRUNELVELI (TN):A woman and her two children died while her husband was in a critical condition after the couple set themselves and the kids on fire at the collectorate complex here today over alleged harassment by a moneylender and the police.


Back to the Vajpayee line

Interlocutor appointed to engage the alienated Kashmiris


Make GST simple

Spare tax reforms from electoral calculus

More than just rage


Out of breath

Out of breath

Jayshree Sengupta

Get serious about cleaning up our environment

Is the PM having an attack of nerves?

Apoorvanand

The resources at the Centre’s disposal are generated by the people. Modi is not a monarch to distribute largesse at his sweet will.

more Opinion...
R’sthan ‘gag’ Bill tabled in House

R’sthan ‘gag’ Bill tabled in House

24 Oct 2017 | 1:52 AM

JAIPUR: Despite massive uproar by Opposition leaders, the Rajasthan Government today tabled in the Assembly a controversial Bill that seeks to protect public servants and judges from prosecution and bars the media from reporting on allegations against them without its prior sanction.

CITY FOCUS

Cylinder blast: 4 more dead, toll 7

Cylinder blast: 4 more dead, toll 7

24 Oct 2017 | 2:45 AM

PANCHKULA: Five days after a cylinder blast at a house in Sector 10 here, four more people, including two brothers, succumbed to their burn injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, and Fortis Hospital, Mohali, today.

NoMembers of the RSS hold a procession on the occasion of Dasehra in Jalandhar. File photo

Akal Takht boycotts RSS affiliate’s event

24 Oct 2017 | 2:16 AM

AMRITSAR: Akal Takht today announced a boycott of an event being organised by the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in New Delhi on October 25 to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary.

No

Sanghchalak: We recognise Sikhism

24 Oct 2017 | 2:16 AM

JALANDHAR: Terming the statements that the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and its offshoot Rashtriya Sikh Sangat do not acknowledge independent identity of Sikhs as a misleading propaganda, the Punjab Sanghchalak Brijbhushan Singh Bedi today issued a statement saying that the RSS clearly recognised Sikhism as a separate religion.

Build-up: Cops on high alert

24 Oct 2017 | 2:16 AM

CHANDIGARH: The security agencies in the state are on tenterhooks over the building up of tension between the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat and Sikh hardliners.

collapse stories
Congress makes House adopt obit references to dera violence victims

Congress makes House adopt obit references to dera violence victims

24 Oct 2017 | 12:24 AM

CHANDIGARH: Nearly two months after 42 followers of Dera Sacha Sauda were killed in police firing in Panchkula and Sirsa, the state Assembly today passed obituary references to them after it was forced by the Congress.

Kaul turf faces division, Jogindernagar locals’ ire

Kaul turf faces division, Jogindernagar locals’ ire

24 Oct 2017 | 1:17 AM

The Congress stronghold — Darang — represented by Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Thakur faces the threat of being undercut with the District Congress Committee chief, Puran Chand Thakur, adamant to contest the elections this time.

CM welcomes Centre’s move, says stakeholders must do their bit too

CM welcomes Centre’s move, says stakeholders must do their bit too

24 Oct 2017 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: Without directly referring to separatists, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today appealed to them to take advantage of New Delhi’s offer of unconditional dialogue.

CM, other BJP leaders to campaign in HP

24 Oct 2017 | 12:24 AM

DEHRADUN: In view of the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh slated to be held by November 9, several leaders from Uttarakhand BJP will be actively campaigning for the party candidates.

Trump to press China on North Korea, trade on Beijing visit

Trump to press China on North Korea, trade on Beijing visit

24 Oct 2017 | 9:04 AM

WASHINGTON, October 24 US President Donald Trump will urge President Xi Jinping to make good on his commitments to pressure North Korea when he visits China next month, a senior White House official said on Monday, stepping up a strategy to have Beijing help rein in Pyongyang.

SC orders Unitech to deposit Rs 1,000 cr to prove bona fides

24 Oct 2017 | 1:22 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court today refused to entertain the bail plea of Unitech Managing Director Sanjay Chandra and asked his company to deposit Rs 1,000 crore to prove its bona fides.

NoShreyas Iyer

New recruits for T20 squad

24 Oct 2017 | 2:51 AM

MUMBAI:Skipper Virat Kohli got no immediate break, while rookie pacer Mohammed Siraj and prolific batsman Shreyas Iyer made their way into a 16-member Indian T20 squad for the three-match series against New Zealand, starting on November 1.

No

Sultan of Johor Cup: India beat Malaysia 2-1

24 Oct 2017 | 2:51 AM

JOHOR BAHRU: Dilpreet Singh scored a brace as the Indian junior men’s hockey team defeated hosts Malaysia 2-1 to register their second consecutive win at the seventh Sultan of Johor Cup.

No

Shinwari destroys Lanka, Pakistan sweep the series

24 Oct 2017 | 2:51 AM

SHARJAH:Left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari destroyed Sri Lanka with a five-wicket burst to help Pakistan achieve a convincing nine-wicket win in the fifth and final ODI for a 5-0 clean sweep of the series here today.

collapse stories
Title in Hamilton’s reach

Title in Hamilton’s reach

24 Oct 2017 | 2:51 AM
Halep, Wozniacki take revenge

Halep, Wozniacki take revenge

24 Oct 2017 | 2:51 AM
Real win big

Real win big

24 Oct 2017 | 2:51 AM
Pillars of the computer worldNetwork engineers

Pillars of the computer world

18 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM
Options after BAMSCareer Hotline Pervin Malhotra

Options after BAMS

18 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM
QS ranking for SRM UniversityNewsboard

QS ranking for SRM University

18 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM
scholarship roundup

Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship

18 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM
The making of Manaku

The making of Manaku

24 Oct 2017 | 1:08 AM
When it’s ok to be weird

When it’s ok to be weird

24 Oct 2017 | 1:08 AM
Market study

Market study

24 Oct 2017 | 1:08 AM
  • SpectrumBonds across the ocean

    Bonds across the ocean

    In face of a concerted anti-slavery movement by British public, ongoing since the end of the 18th century, the Slavery Abolition Act was eventually passed by the Parliament in 1833.

  • Bringing home a revolution

    in the 1970s, Gursharan Singh had gone to a village in Punjab for a theatre performance, but the organisers failed to make any arrangements. “Can we stage one or two small plays here?” he asked an old man sitting in the sath of the village.

  • The old world charms forever

    There would be a few places in the architectural history of India that had gone from a place of moderate importance to become the capital of one of the most influential sultanate.

more Spectrum...