By B. Raman
This e-book offers principally with these elements of the operating of the R&AW of which the writer had own wisdom whereas serving within the association for 26 years.
The e-book traverses via India’s modern history-importantly the seventy one battle; insurgency within the Northeast, Punjab and Kashmir; the Emergency; the struggle in Afghanistan and the intelligence imperatives and dispensation less than Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Rajiv Gandhi, vice chairman Singh, Chandra Shekhar and Narasimha Rao. Written with the aim wisdom of the position performed through R&AW in these occasions may allow a greater realizing of its strengths and weaknesses, it painstakingly avoids over-statements, exaggerations and spins. The association has been given credits the place it's due. And it's been criticized the place such feedback was once warranted.
Known for his candor, the writer offers infrequent insights into the functioning of R&AW. This publication is goal in its remark and review. A prolific author like Raman waited for thirteen years after he retired from R&AW in 1994 to come back out with an insightful book.
In India, retired intelligence officials have written books on common facets of intelligence and protection. despite the fact that, there was a reluctance to put in writing at the functioning of our intelligence businesses by means of its retired officials. Such reluctance used to be there even in different international locations until eventually the early Sixties. This has considering that disappeared. the general public as a rule and the examine students particularly have benefited from such writings. This booklet seeks to wreck the reluctance in India in public curiosity, in order that the state as an entire may gain advantage from a well-informed debate.
Kaoboys of the R&AW, first test by way of an insider, who belonged to the everlasting cadre for the reason that inception of R&AW and used to be no longer basically a chook of passage, expectantly, might inspire others to proportion their adventure and insights with the general public and examine students.
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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.