Outgoing Nagaland Governor Ravi accorded state farewell
Dimapur, Sep. 14 (EMN): Outgoing Nagaland Governor RN Ravi was accorded a state farewell at the State Banquet Hall in Kohima, on Tuesday.
The former special director of the Intelligence Bureau, who had been serving as the government of India’s Interlocutor for Naga peace talk since 2014, became the governor of Nagaland on August 1 2019.
Ravi will now be the new Governor of Tamil Nadu, while Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has been given the additional charge of Nagaland until regular arrangements are made.
Speaking at the event, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio described the outgoing governor as a genuine and a down to earth person, who worked without any pretensions in discharging his duties and did what he think was right without any fear, informed an update DIPR
While thanking Ravi for the many things he had achieved in a difficult situation, Rio said that the governor’s tenure in the state had its fair share of challenges, of which a lot still need to be achieved.
He said that Ravi did his best as an Interlocutor, signing the landmark Framework Agreement with the NSCN (IM) on August 3 2015 and the Agreed Position with the NNPGs on November 17, 2017, which he said “bears ample testimony to the hard work and the negotiating skills of the governor”.
He further said Ravi had a genuine concern for the development and welfare of the state, doing what he could within the constraints of the state’s resources and to expedite infrastructural and welfare projects. He also said mentioned his immense help Covid-19 crisis management in the state.
The CM went on to say that down the memory lane, “the people of Nagaland will remember that Governor Ravi tried his best, both as a Governor and as an Interlocutor, for the Naga Political Issue”.
Addressing the gathering, Ravi said that he had immensely benefited by the inherent love and affection of the people of Nagaland. He added that he and his family will always remain grateful to the people of the state for their love.
He said that as a governor, adviser and well-wisher, he tried and acted where he thought he should act with the intention of bringing some good to the people of the state. As an interlocutor, he stated that that he had tried to bring the talk from abroad to the land and its people where it belongs, updated DIPR.
As an interlocutor, Ravi stated that “he tried to bring the talk from abroad to the land and its people where it belongs”. Narrating the story when some Naga leaders met Mahatma Gandhi in July 1947, he said Gandhiji advised them to choose the path of non-violence like him if they want to pursue their desire.
Maintaining that “Nagas were united till the Naga National Movement remained non-violent”, he said violence has only divided the Nagas and brought much more miseries.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy CM Y Patton lauded Ravi for understanding the core issues and ensuring removal of any complications that could hamper state’s developmental works.
He also thanked him for his concern for the people of the state and said that the state would continue to be inspired by his exemplary statesmanship as the governor. Leader of NPF Legislature Party, TR Zeliang said that “Ravi’s name and identity is synonymous with the Indo-Naga political issue, and expressed hope that the governor will continue to support the Naga people for an amicable solution to the Naga political problems, keeping his close association with all sections of the Naga society”.