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NSCN (IM) hails Mishra’s appointment as “new interlocutor”

Nagaland News

Terms RN Ravi as “most despised interlocutor”

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 23: While there is no official communication from the Centre on the appointment of AK Mishra as the new Interlocutor for Naga peace talks, the NSCN (IM) today hailed his appointment as the “new interlocutor” to replace RN Ravi, who had resigned as the Interlocutor on Wednesday.

“With the appointment of Mr. AK Mishra as the new interlocutor to replace the most despised interlocutor Mr. RN Ravi, the way forward for the Indo-Naga political talk has been finally set in motion”, said an editorial in the NSCN (IM) mouthpiece Nagalim Voice.
The editorial stated that for too long formal Indo-Naga political talk was stalled on account of NSCN’s irreconcilable relation with Ravi. “Ironically, Ravi has proved himself to be insensitive with his pretentious nonsense. What is of critical importance is that NSCN was able to foresee the destructive elements in him and naturally he was disowned like a hot brick!” it claimed.
The NSCN (IM) alleged that during the course of Indo-Naga political talk, Ravi exhibited undesirable and dominant trait “which exposed that he does not have the right temperament for the challenging job as an interlocutor.”
“He was not only arrogant but also a bigoted advocate who would not restrain himself to abuse the historical and political rights of the Naga people, and thereby distinguished himself as an irreconcilable opponent of NSCN and Naga people”, it claimed.
The editorial also accused Ravi of getting close “with a bunch of ‘yes-men’ Naga civil society groups” but visibly undermining apex bodies like Naga Hoho (Hoho), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) and Global Naga Forum (GNF), who it claimed had told him (Ravi) the truth and the way forward in accordance with Naga people’s aspirations.
“Ravi was desperate to maintain his position in the Indo-Naga political affairs as interlocutor but without realising that he had outlived his days. The baton has been passed on to Mr. AK Mishra”, it said.

Stating that Government of India’s representative Mishra has now been given enormous task to pick up the loose end of the Indo-Naga political talks “messed up by his predecessor”, the editorial said the way forward has to be taken care of very cautiously keeping in mind the sentiments of the Naga people with a strong attachment to their political identity symbolized by the Naga national flag and constitution (Yehzabo).
“It is pertinent to remind Mr. Mishra that RN Ravi paved his own exit from the Indo-Naga political talk on account of his irresponsible behaviour and disrespect to the NSCN talk team. The contemptuous irony is that Ravi, by his tone did not give a damn about how he muddied such a high profile Indo-Naga political talk by his intemperate outburst. Naturally, the inevitable consequences ensued”, it added.
(Page News Service)