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I was angry and bitter at the US State Department. I have always loved the US. I have always liked the American people. But, there is one American species, which I could never bring myself to like during the 27 years I spent in the intelligence community ---the officers of the US State Department. During the one year I spent in the IB as in charge of Burma and South-East Asia before the R&AW was formed. During the 26 years I spent in the R&AW. My dislike for the US State Department went up even further during my last days in the R&AW.

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. The position changed in 1967 after the Indian Naga hostiles joined hands with sections of the Burmese Nagas and the two called for a Greater Nagaland, consisting of the Naga majority areas on both sides of the Indo-Burmese border. This created serious concern in Rangoon and the Burmese Army headquarters in Rangoon asked its field units to stop the use of the Burmese territory by the Indian Naga hostiles for going to East Pakistan.

She died young at the age of 26, but her memory, dreams and ideas should be kept alive. This book is my small contribution to doing so. When you read this book, please do think of Shakti and pray to God that He should keep her happy in heaven. I would not have written this book but for her powers of persuasion. She had wanted this book to be my special gift to her. So it shall remain. Chennai 18-5-07 B. Raman CHAPTER I Angry & Bitter Throughout my 26 years in the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency, I was known as a man with a poker face.

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