With Government of India calling for a sustained dialogue with all stakeholders to find a solution to the Kashmir issue by tasking the ex-intelligence officer to do the job, high hopes are on the positive results this time around as the move has come at a very crucial time both at local as well as international level regarding the dispute. Though New Delhi doesn’t acknowledge Kashmir as a dispute, it has expressed willingness to find a lasting solution to it in the greater interest of the people of the state who have been marred by continuous violence and want end to the bloodshed that has taken a heavy toll on their social and economic development. It is a positive sign that New Delhi is sensitive about the injured psyche of the people of Kashmir who have been the worst victims of the almost 3-decade long violence. With people of Jammu Kashmir strongly favouring the peaceful co-existence under the democratic set-up, much needs to be done to entertain their wishes and aspirations and as such, the latest move is a step in the right direction. The HM also underlined that New Delhi wants to understand aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir. Interestingly, the interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, as home minister said, has been given “complete freedom” to talk to all groups and individuals including separatists. We are eagerly waiting to see results of the dialogue process with an open mind. Will the Centre’s experiment with Kashmir break the ice this time or, as usual, prove futile; only time will tell.