The demand for a sovereign Naga homeland gave rise to militancy that goes back six decades. Over the decades, the Naga militancy splintered into several factions. With the agreement signed, the NSCN(IM) was believed to have dropped its demand for secession and agreed to a settlement within the bounds of the Indian Constitution. After the accord was signed, Ravi also drew six other Naga armed groups, now called Naga National Political Groups, into the talks. Ravi was instrumental in signing a second agreement with the working committee formed by these groups on November 17, 2017. However, the talks appear to have reached a stalemate over the last year.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said he hoped Ravi’s appointment as governor would send a good message to the people of the state, The Telegraph reported. “I look forward to working with him [Ravi] in our common endeavour to uplifting our people and bringing lasting peace,” Rio said on Twitter.