Governor RN Ravi

The huge trust deficit between Nagaland Governor RN Ravi and the Naga insurgent groups reportedly led to his exit from the northeastern state.

Ravi was crossing swords with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) for the last two years.

The Centre appointed Ravi, a 1976 batch IPS officer from the Kerala cadre, as Naga peace talk interlocutor in 2015.

Ravi had retired as Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in 2012.

He signed a framework agreement with the NSCN-IM on behalf of the Central government on August 3, 2015, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In 2019 he was made the Governor along with his previous responsibility.

In fact, the Naga peace talks began to derail in early 2020 when NSCN-IM leader T Muivah refused to hold any dialogue with R N Ravi following a dispute over the framework agreement signed in 2015.

It was also alleged that he twisted the Framework Agreement (FA) and misled the Standing Committee of Parliament on the steps taken to solve the Naga political issue.

The NSCN-IM has been demanding a separate constitution and flag for the Nagas and the assimilation of all Naga inhabited areas in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

As per report, NSCN leader T Muivah sought his immediate removal as the government’s representative in the peace talks.

Recently, the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance in Nagaland led by Neiphiu Rio had also expressed its reservation about the Independence Day speech.

The alliance in a statement said that Ravi’s statement was not well received by the people of Nagaland.

In his speech on August 15, Ravi had alleged that “a deeply entrenched network of vested interests has emerged during the period which has misappropriated the dividends of peace and did not allow them to reach the people.”

Following the deadlock between Ravi and the NSCN (IM), the Union Home Minister Amit Shah also opened other channels to resume talks with the NSCN (IM).

Apart from NSCN (IM), the Centre is also separately holding peace talks with eight other Naga armed groups which came together a few years ago under the banner of “Naga National Political Groups” or NNPGs.

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