New national security advisor Ajit Kumar Doval is likely to pursue pro-active policy on the Kashmir issue. He may not be averse to holding talks with the separatists but would also not succumb to their rhetoric and pressure tactics.
"He is very tough and analytical officer. He is likely to pursue pro-active and zero tolerance Kashmir policy. It doesn't mean he will not hold talks with the separatists but rather apply the rule of carrot-and-stick," said a senior police official, who had earlier served in intelligence wing of the Jammu and Kashmir police.
Doval, a former Intelligence Bureau director has also handled Kashmir desk in the bureau and is well versed with the state.
The security and intelligence officials in the state say his approach would be markedly different from the former RAW chief AK Dulat, who also served as Atal Bihari Vajpayee's adviser on Kashmir.
Dulat continued to have clout in successive UPA government on the Kashmir issue.
"He will not do soft-pedaling on Kashmir and will not rely much on track-II policy. Doval's approach would be straight in not making national security subservient to any factor," said a senior intelligence official.
Doval would bring changes in IB and it could mean end of Dulat's coterie, who continued to play a major role on Kashmir policy relying much on track-II diplomacy- holding talks with separatists and Pakistan-which didn't yield much results.
"The previous government was too defensive, unsure and uncertain on terrorism and the Kashmir policy. It allowed much space to separatist, but this won't be the same from now on," said a senior police official.
Many officials, to whom HT spoke, very unanimous said Doval would frame the policy on ground realities and day-to-day development and not on set frame of rules.
"He knows how much space the Indian government has yielded to separatists in Kashmir and how radicalisation has taken place there. He will frame and purse his policies with in this matrix," said a senior leader, who has been in constant touch with Doval for quite long.