Dimapur, August 3: The NSCN (IM) has accused Governor of Nagaland, RN Ravi, who is also the Government of India’s interlocutor to the Indo-Naga political talks, of being “capricious and bossy” in the last round of formal talks.
RN Ravi was sworn in the Governor of Nagaland on August 1. He will continue to be the interlocutor for the Indo-Naga peace talks.
In an editorial in its monthly news bulletin Nagalim Voice, the NSCN (IM) said with the confirmation of RN Ravi playing the dual role as Interlocutor and Governor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had advised Ravi to finalize the Indo-Naga talks within a few months based on the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015.
“However, in the first formal talk after many months, it became a matter of discomfort for NSCN negotiators led by Chief Negotiator Th. Muivah when the Government of India started turning capricious and bossy as reflected by the body language of Ravi,” said the editorial titled ‘Bemusing Appointment.’
“What is now alarming is the machination which may follow in the guise of doing the groundwork to bring about a final settlement,” it said.
Given the fact of the changing mood of the Government of India, the editorial said the NSCN (IM) have to take guarded stand to protect the sanctity of the historic Framework Agreement “because any dilution may fail to bring settlement that is honorable and acceptable.”
On appointment of RN Ravi as the Governor of Nagaland, the editorial said it took everyone by surprise.
Stating that there was disquiet for over a period of a few months beginning from the Indian General Election 2019 and the result that followed, the editorial said with Modi led BJP Government storming to power, the Indo-Naga political talk was brought back to life amidst anxious speculation.
“But, what has taken everyone by surprise was the appointment of India’s Interlocutor to the Indo-Naga political talks, Mr. RN Ravi as the Governor of Nagaland. Giving a new dimension to the Indo-Naga talks is the dual role Ravi has been assigned to play – Interlocutor plus Governor,” it added.
(Page News Service)