Speculations on Ravi’s new role

Speculations on Ravi’s new role
R. N. Ravi (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2019 11:20:43 AM IST

Appointment of current government of India’s Interlocutor to the Naga Peace Talks, R.N.Ravi as Governor of Nagaland has taken Nagas particularly the Naga Political Groups by surprise and giving rise to various speculations. 

Ravi’s appointment has led to questions being asked on whether the talks which was supposed to be at the final stage was in preparation for arrangement of the much talked about ‘interim government.’ as part of the agreement. On the other hand there are also opinions that sending Ravi to Nagaland could be to create a conducive environment due to some roadblocks in arriving at a solution. 

Talking to Nagaland Post, a senior NPG member, whose group is currently engaged in talks with the Centre, opined that Ravi’s surprise appointment was “sudden and drastic” and unexpected. Highly placed sources also were ignorant on whether Ravi would continue as the Interlocutor and governor or would another Interlocutor be appointed. 

Ravi’s appointment came against the backdrop no meeting being held since the Lok Sabha elections were announced. 

Ravi has also not held official meetings with WC of NNPGs for over four months now and nearly two months with NSCN (I-M). 

It maybe be recalled that in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post in February, R.N. Ravi had disclosed that “differing positions” on the demand for separate Naga flag and a separate constitution remained unresolved.

The Interlocutor had also categorically pointed out that delay in arriving at a final solution was not due to the Government of India. He said any final agreement could even be signed “tomorrow”, if the “Naga negotiators reciprocated with pragmatic flexibilities”.

It now remains to be seen whether the Centre seeks to utilise Ravi as the Interlocutor and governor to resolve the decades long Naga Political issue. 

Ravi’s appointment should not delay solution: NPF

Naga People’s Front (NPF) has maintained that RN Ravi’s appointment as governor of Nagaland should not delay the solution in any way, but should be another milestone to bring solution, which has been a long felt desire of the Naga people.

While congratulating Ravi on his new assignment, NPF through its press bureau expressed the hope that with the new development, an amicable and acceptable solution to the Naga political problem would not be far away. NPF also appreciated the Centre for appointing Ravi, whom it said was “well versed with the Naga people” and who had been working closely with the Naga political issue.

 NPF appealed also reminded the Centre that Ravi’s new assignment should not hamper the ongoing dialogue between it and the Naga political Groups, but expedite and bring solution at the earliest. 

According to NPF Ravi was Interlocutor on the Naga talks and closely associated with the Naga problem. It said with his new assignment it expected wisdom of both the GoI and the Naga groups to hammer out the talks at the earliest. 

Further, NPF reiterated its stand that the Naga political problem which has been its top most priority since its inception remain unchanged. The party said it expects that New Delhi would not play any delay tactics but give a sincere effort for the resolution of the Naga political problem. 

NPF said it hoped that Ravi’s appointment as the governor would not be a hamper for delaying the talks since appointment of another Interlocutor at this juncture could lead to delay for solution. NPF brought to centre’s notice that sending Ravi to Nagaland as a constitutional head and interlocutor should create a better co-relation to hammer out solution to the vexed Naga political problem.


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