Kohima: As the Naga peace talk is “finally set in motion”, the NSCN-IM through its mouthpiece Nagalim Voice said it is “pertinent to remind” new interlocutor AK Mishra that RN Ravi, the then interlocutor, had “paved his own exit from the Indo-Naga political talks on account of his irresponsible behaviour and disrespect to the NSCN talk team”.

The group said for too long, the formal Indo-Naga political talk was stalled on account of the NSCN-IM’s “irreconcilable” relation with Ravi. It said that Ravi proved himself to be “insensitive with his pretentious nonsense”.

The group added that it was able to foresee the destructive elements which it naturally “disowned like a hot brick”.

“Ravi was desperate to maintain his position in the Indo-Naga political affairs as interlocutor but without realising that he had outlived his days. The baton has been passed on to Mr. AK Mishra,” said NSCN-IM.

As the Government of India’s representative, the group said, Mishra has been given an enormous task to pick up the loose end of the Indo-Naga political talks messed up by his predecessor.

“Significantly, the way forward has to be taken care of very cautiously keeping in mind the sentiments of the Naga people with a strong attachment to their political identity symbolised by the Naga national flag and constitution (Yehzabo),” NSCN-IM said.

Recounting the past, NSCN-IM said that during the course of the Indo-Naga political talk, Ravi exhibited “undesirable and dominant trait”, and was not only “arrogant” but was also a “bigoted advocate” who did not restrain from abusing the historical and political rights of the Nagas.

The group said that Ravi gained notoriety for his closeness with a bunch of ‘yes-men’ Naga civil society groups and undermined apex organizations like the Naga Hoho, Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) and Global Naga Forum (GNF).

“Ravi, by his tone, did not give a damn about how he muddied such a high-profile Indo-Naga political talk by his intemperate outburst. Naturally, the inevitable consequences ensued,” the NSCN-IM added.

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