Centre zones in on AK Mishra as Interlocutor

To visit Nagaland and meet Naga groups 

Morung Express News
Dimapur | September 16

The Government of India (GoI) has reportedly zoned in on retired Intelligence Bureau (IB) Special Director, AK Mishra to take over as the Interlocutor of the Naga peace talks. 

While no official announcement has been made by the Centre, reports in the national media said that Mishra will take over as Interlocutor from former Nagaland Governor, RN Ravi. 

Meanwhile, other sources informed that the NSCN (IM) has received official communication from Delhi informing of Mishra’s appointment as the GoI’s representative to the talks.   

According to the sources, Mishra is scheduled to visit Nagaland and meet the NSCN (IM) leadership on September 20.

While the date of Mishra’s arrival could not be ascertained, he is expected to arrive a day or two before the meeting. The scheduled meeting would be more a courtesy meet, the sources said, while adding that the tone of the letter pointed to the GoI wanting to resume the stalled talks in Delhi. 

On the other side of the two-pronged negotiations, there was no report of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) receiving any such communication from the GoI. Senior NNPGs members when contacted said there was no communication on the subject. 

One NNPGs leader, who was contacted by The Morung Express, reiterated that the negotiations have concluded already and it is unlikely there can be two interlocutors as there  is only one Naga issue and there can be only one solution. The senior member though added that the GoI can appoint anyone. 

Mishra, a retired IPS officer of 1987 batch of the Rajasthan cadre is said to be a pick of Union Home Minister Amit Shah for this important assignment, according to a report from IANS. He was made Advisor to the Home Minister after his superannuation in April this year. 

Mishra is said to have played a significant role in signing a peace accord with the groups based in Karbi-Anglong district and ceasefire agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (K) Niki group, the IANS report stated, quoting another source in the security set up.