The great betrayal - The New Indian Express

The great betrayal

Published: 06th October 2013 12:00 AM

Last Updated: 06th October 2013 07:34 AM

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Omerta is not just a word out of Mario Puzo. It is a pact of silence that exists within the exclusive club of men and women who wage war for their country in the shadows—the brotherhood of the intelligence community. It was cleaved apart last week when the long-standing political war between controversial former army chief General V K Singh and a section of the Army establishment in connivance with the government erupted again... Continue reading here.



Singh can neither deny nor explain - By Amar Bhushan

These days former Army chief General V K Singh is in the news, mostly for wrong reasons. The furor over his reactive comments on reports appearing on funding of Kashmiri politicians is not only misplaced but unnecessary... Continue reading here.


Legal cover for intelligence units long overdue - By Arun Bhagat

Wikileaks and new information about the blanket and widespread snooping by NSA of cyber mail of millions have raised serious concerns about privacy of individuals. New programmes like Tempora and Prism enable the GCHQ of the UK and NSA of the US to access underground cables and intercept petabytes of information.. Continue reading here.


Blunders galore - By Vijay Oberoi

General V K Singh, the erstwhile chief of the Indian Army, is back in the news for the wrong reasons. What started as a ‘political’ issue has gathered momentum and is now becoming a security issue, which is harming the nation.. Continue reading here.



The Successes


The Indian Army played a significant role in liberating Bangladesh, but the covert operations of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) at the time remain buried in secret archives of the agency. Two top spies—R N Kao and K Sankaran Nair—played a major role, supported by the political establishment, in cultivating assets to form a guerrilla unit. Kao recruited thousands of refugees in March 1971 to penetrate the Pak army and civil authorities as a diversionary tactic while the Indian Army readied for the final assault.. ..Continue reading here.


The Failures


All it took was a call from Prime Minister Morarji Desai to Pakistan President Zia ul-Haq in 1978. Desai told Zia that India knew about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme. The immediate fallout was Zia leaving no stone unturned to neutralise RAW assets in Pakistan. Agents were hunted and eliminated while handlers watched the slow dismantling of RAW operations helplessly. Desai was also averse to RAW penetration in Bangladesh... Continue reading here.



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