For the record, Arundhati Roy recently told the BBC that she was ready to be an "independent observer" if the government agreed to peace talks with Maoists. "I am a writer and I know for sure that I don't have the skills of a mediator."
Faisal Devji in the Guardian addresses the question: Why do the Maoists want Arundhati Roy to be a mediator?
...By waging war on these movements the Indian state is trying to turn them into political actors, and by appealing to intellectuals as mediators the Maoists seem to be trying to entrench themselves within civil society. What results is not simply a battle between marginalised forest traditions and capitalist modernity but a fight for the future of politics itself in the age of celebrity.
Read the full piece at the Guardian