By B. Raman

This e-book bargains mostly with these features of the operating of the R&AW of which the writer had own wisdom whereas serving within the association for 26 years.

The publication traverses via India’s modern history-importantly the seventy one struggle; insurgency within the Northeast, Punjab and Kashmir; the Emergency; the struggle in Afghanistan and the intelligence imperatives and dispensation below Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Rajiv Gandhi, vice chairman Singh, Chandra Shekhar and Narasimha Rao. Written with the aim wisdom of the function performed by means of R&AW in these occasions may allow a greater figuring out of its strengths and weaknesses, it painstakingly avoids over-statements, exaggerations and spins. The association has been given credits the place it truly is due. And it's been criticized the place such feedback was once warranted.

Known for his candor, the writer presents infrequent insights into the functioning of R&AW. This ebook is target in its observation and evaluation. A prolific author like Raman waited for thirteen years after he retired from R&AW in 1994 to return out with an insightful book.

In India, retired intelligence officials have written books on basic elements of intelligence and safeguard. besides the fact that, there was a reluctance to put in writing at the functioning of our intelligence firms by way of its retired officials. Such reluctance used to be there even in different nations until eventually the early Nineteen Sixties. This has because disappeared. the general public regularly and the examine students specifically have benefited from such writings. This booklet seeks to damage the reluctance in India in public curiosity, in order that the state as an entire could benefit from a well-informed debate.

Kaoboys of the R&AW, first test by way of an insider, who belonged to the everlasting cadre on account that inception of R&AW and was once no longer in simple terms a poultry of passage, with a bit of luck, may inspire others to percentage their event and insights with the general public and study students.

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This paved the way for the training of the Naga and Mizo hostiles in training camps set up by the Chinese intelligence in the Yunnan province of China. It was partly to put an end to the activities of the ISI in India’s North-East from East Pakistan that Indira Gandhi decided to assist the Bengali-speaking people of East Pakistan in their efforts to separate from Pakistan and achieve an independent State to be called Bangladesh. This was in the wake of the widespread disturbances in East Pakistan in the beginning of 1971 following the refusal of the military regime of Pakistan headed by Gen.

India’s role was more as a facilitator than as a creator. Without the desire and the will of the people of East Pakistan to be independent, there would have been no Bangladesh. Their sacrifices for their cause were immense. How many of them were brutally killed by the Pakistan Army! How many of the Bengali intellectuals were massacred by the Pakistan Army and by terrorist organizations such as Al Badr and Al Shams created by the ISI! It is their sacrifice, which laid the foundation for an independent Bangladesh.

They did not agree to this. They were worried that if they agreed to let the Indian troops operate in their territory against the Naga hostiles, they might face pressure from Beijing to let the Chinese troops similarly act against the KMT remnants, which had crossed over from Yunnan into the Shan State of Burma and were posing a headache for the Chinese Army’s border posts. Till around 1967, the Indian Naga hostiles avoided any fraternization with the Burmese Nagas lest this create difficulties in their relations with the Burmese Army.

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