Srinagar: The Government of India’s special representative for Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, wants to be judged by his actions and not “through the prism of the past”.
“I do not have a magic wand but my efforts have to be judged with sincerity and not through the prism of the past,” Sharma, 61, told PTI a day before his scheduled arrival in Srinagar.
The former director of the Intelligence Bureau said that no one should jump to conclusions before the process of talks with various stakeholders in Kashmir begins.
“I would like to be judged by my actions,” he told PTI in Delhi.
Describing his work as a “serious effort”, he added that “one should refrain from fishing in the desert”.
“I am going there tomorrow to be with my people and understand their pain and suffering and find a suitable remedy to their problems,” Sharma said.
Responding to criticisms in the media, he said that in due course he would also meet intellectuals for their advice in achieving “this difficult national task”.
Sharma, who is originally from Bihar and was a Kerala-cadre IPS officer of the 1979 batch, held the country’s topmost post for a police officer from 2014 to 2016.
He said Kashmir was his “second home”, as his professional journey in the IB began here in 1992.
“Nothing has changed since I was here for the first time. Kashmiriyat, which means compassion and brotherhood, has not changed even an iota. I am hopeful that I will at least be able to contribute towards a new Kashmir, a peaceful Valley, where prosperity will be the order of the day,” he said.
Asked about the course of action he would follow, Sharma said, “I do not have a magic wand to change the situation overnight. But having said that, I will like to emphasise during my proposed meetings, beginning tomorrow, that my every effort will be to work towards ensuring permanent peace in the state.”
The special representative will meet political leaders, traders and other delegations on Monday, according to a list drawn up by the state government.
However, he made it clear that he had his own list of people whom he would meet.
Asked about the decision taken by the Joint Resistance Leadership to boycott him, he said, “It is purely their choice whether they want to be a partner in peace or on the opposite side of the fence where destruction has been topping the agenda. My suggestion to everyone is that they should not see this effort of the government through the prism of the past.”