Who is Dineshwar Sharma, the Centre’s special representative in Kashmir
Dinewhwar Sharma was appointed as the Centre's special representative in Kashmir. He returns to the state in a hope to restore peace exactly 25 years after his first posting in the Intelligence Bureau in the state.
Sharma's appointment has been hailed and those who have worked with him say that his affable approach will give him the edge. He will speak to all those who are interested in restoring peace in the Valley.
Sharma who held the post of IB director has immense experience in tackling terrorism. Besides Kashmir, he has also served in the north-eastern states that were hit by militancy.
It was May 1992. Militancy was at its peak and Sharma, then 36, arrived in Srinagar after completing a year of customary training at the Intelligence Bureau headquarters in New Delhi.
The Kerala-cadre officer, who was posted as assistant director between 1992 to 1994, went on to head the IB from 2014 to 2016.
"It's like homecoming for me. I am sure that I will be able to fulfil the expectations of the government and people of the country," Sharma said.
The 61-year-old -- at present the Centre's pointperson for dialogue with Assam-based militant groups -- said he feels honoured that he has been assigned such a challenging task.
Kashmir has been a running thread through his career. After his return from the Valley in 1994, Sharma was again posted at the Kashmir desk in the national capital.
"The times were tough and I hope that now we will together bring peace in the Valley," he said.