Won`t mediate for Naxals: Arundhati

Noted author Arundhati Roy has suggested that a committee of experienced people should be formed to mediate between the Maoists and government but ruled out being a part of it.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 23:37 PM IST

New Delhi: Noted author Arundhati Roy
has suggested that a committee of experienced people should be
formed to mediate between the Maoists and government but ruled
out being a part of it, saying she does not have the "skills"
required to be a mediator.

"Not really. I would not like to be (a mediator or
part of people`s committee to mediate between government and
Maoists). I don`t think I have those skills," she told
a news channel in an interview.

"I don`t know. I don`t think (that) I would be good at
it you know. I am a maverick.....I`ll try. I don`t know how to
think about it," she said.

The author was asked whether she would be prepared to
be a mediator or a part of any committee formed to mediate
between the Maoists and the government.

"I feel that all of us should do what we can. But,
certainly I don`t feel that I would be very good at it," she
said when asked whether she would accept being part of a
people`s committee for mediation if she is "pushed and
persuaded".

There should be a "committee of people with experience
in negotiating" to take up the responsibility of mediating
between the Maoist and government for peace talks, not "one
person", she said.

"I think there should be a group of people who are
used to taking decision collectively," she said and suggested
that people like rights activist BD Sharma, "who has long
experience", should be included in such a committee of people.

When asked if she would like to make a statement
calling upon the Maoists to come forward for talks, she said,
"No. Not when there are 2,00,000 paramilitary forces closing
in on the villages."

"Unconditionally" both sides should first declare a
ceasefire, she suggested.

PTI