Nagaland Northeast

Naga Hoho delegation met Union minister, asks him to review RN Ravi’s role as interlocutor for Naga talk

-Avishek Sengupta

A delegation of Naga Hoho, the main tribal body of Nagaland had recently met the Union minister of State for PMO, Jitendra Singh and asked him to seriously review Nagaland Governor RN Ravi’s role as interlocutor for Naga talk.

The apex body of 14 tribes and the Lotha (tribe) Hoho’s stand, however, contradicts with the NSCN-IM, that is leading the peace process with the Centre after signing Framework Agreement since 2015.  A deligation of the outfit is currently holding talks with the Centre asking to remove Ravi as interlocutor.

On Tuesday said in a separate statement that replacing Ravi would “delay the peace process and lead to endless negotiation while remaining in one’s comfort zone at the cost of peace and tranquility.”

In its statement issued on Wednesday, Naga Hobo president HK Zhimomi and General Secretary K Elu Ndang said the Naga Hoho responded with honour to the invitation of the Prime minister met MoS Singh keeping in mind the fragile peace process.

“The peace talks must be carried forward to its logical conclusion with mutual respect and understanding as two entities,” the Hoho said.

The Naga Hoho delegation reiterated the demand that the government of India clarify on the ceasefire area coverage and impressed upon the minister for an early solution to the Indo-Naga political issue.

RN Ravi, who had worked closely with National security Advisor Ajit Doval during the latter’s stint in the Intelligence Bureau, was appointed as Nagaland Governor on July 20, 2019 by President Ram Bath Kovind.

On the other hand, the views of the Hohos coincided with a statement issued by the NSCN (I-M) accusing Mr. Ravi of creating hurdles in the final settlement of the Naga political issue and justifying the demand for his removal as the interlocutor.

“The peace process is in a state of simmering tension and reaching tripping point because of Mr. R.N. Ravi’s vitriolic attack on the Naga issue” that Mr. Modi had entrusted with for “an honorable and acceptable” solution, the NSCN(IM) statement said.

It was pointed out that the Framework Agreement was signed on August 3, 2025, and the Agreed Position on November 17, 2017, while the formal talks were declared as concluded on October 31, 2019.

The president of Hoho dismay that the inking of the final agreement has been kept in cold storage and creating more confusion and division amongst various section of the Naga people.

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