N.N. Vohra, new interlocutor for J&K
19 February 2003
Our Special Correspondent
: The former Home Secretary, N.N. Vohra, will be the Centre's interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir. The announcement was made by the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, while replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the Government was taking any steps to begin a dialogue with the elected representatives and separatist groups in Kashmir. The announcement came as a surprise. Although the Government had in principle decided to appoint Mr. Vohra &*151; and he had had meetings with both the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister and the Principal Secretary in the PMO, Brajesh Mishra &*151; the announcement was not expected until much later. For, the fine print of his position (including whether it is a full-time or part-time appointment) and the remit of his job (among other things, whom the dialogue should or should not include) have yet to be settled.