Former Nagaland Governor RN Ravi today resigned as the Center’s interlocutor for ongoing peace talks with the Naga insurgents, leaving room for the government to continue with its reported plans. These plans include the presence of a new resource person to relaunch the stalled negotiations.
The Center had not been able to finalize the appointment of former Special Director of the Bureau of Intelligence (IB) Akshaya Kumar Mishra to the post of interlocutor because Mr. Ravi had not resigned his post even after having transferred as governor of Tamil Nadu about two weeks ago.
Mr Ravi was appointed governor of Nagaland in 2019 despite, according to sources, opposition from the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN IM), the main rebel group with which the government talks.
An IPS officer in the Kerala group in 1976, Mr. Ravi was also with the IB earlier.