As the Centre resumed talks with rebel group National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN I-M) after months of deadlock, former Nagaland Governor RN Ravi on Wednesday resigned as its interlocutor for the negotiations.
Ravi resigned as the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks after serving in the post for several years, making way for the Centre to appoint his replacement. During his term as the interlocutor, Ravi negotiated with the insurgent groups for the signing of the Naga Peace Accord.
From 2014, he was the interlocutor for talks between NSCN-IM and the Government of India. The former bureaucrat served as the 18th Governor of Nagaland from August 1, 2019, to September 9, 2021.
On September 9, the Central government appointed him as Tamil Nadu Governor amid demands from NSCN I-M to remove Ravi both as Governor and peace talks interlocutor.
“Shri R.N. Ravi’s resignation as interlocutor for the Naga peace process, submitted by him today has been accepted with immediate effect by Government of India,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.
As interlocutor, Ravi had a fallout with the Isak Muivah-led NSCN-IM in 2020 over the the signing of the 2015 Framework Agreement after he allegedly misinterpreted the agreement and tried to manipulate it.
Former Intelligence Bureau special director Akshay Mishra is likely to replace Ravi as the new Naga peace talks interlocutor.
It may be mentioned that Mishra, who retired in July this year, had been interacting with the Naga groups to finalise the Naga Peace Accord since last year.