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The book effectively exposes the deplorable stories of blatant and brutal misuse of the Indian Intelligence, security and investigative agencies by the ruling. Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Author: Dhar, Maloy Krishna, ; Format: Book; p. ; 25 cm. Results 1 - 18 of 18 Open Secrets: India's Intelligence Unveiled by Maloy Krishna Dhar and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now.
Chapter The word Hindu is a geopolitical description and not a religious marker…. The pronunciation of the word Sindu to Hindu is a farce. Even prostitutes have more integrity! Chapter I had often fought wars against them. But those wars were related to national security.
These were not directed against the people of the states. I think I helped the process of integration by using the tools of subversion.
Conversion, and equalization of our mutual perspectives on vital national and local tribal issues……[Page ] When a group whose distinctive features, customs, religion, language and everything else is completely alien to the ruler, the ruled will want freedom and liberty as it is but natural. To forcibly mainstream a group by railroading them is height of chicanery, racism and outright injustice. Chapter 13; The IB unit was reeking with corruption and nepotism.
The venom spread by Dhar ruined the lives of thousands of innocents instead of saving many as he claims. Chapter I derived satisfaction out of the facts that I had done whatever I could do to establish the Intelligence Bureau as a respected wing of the government of India in Sikkim….
I had succeeded in penetrating almost all segments of the Sikkimese society. The politicians and the people had started looking up to the IB unit as an independent window to Delhi….
In my perception it was no mean an achievement….. State sponsored terrorism at its best played out in the open killing fields of Punjab for over a decade and people like Dhar are responsible for the deaths of over a quarter million innocent Sikhs. He had just managed a posting at a coveted police station in central Delhi after defraying an awesome expenditure of Rupees , His collections were yet to equal the expenditure incurred by him.
Should I not earn at least an additional 1,,? Nothing moves without greasing the palms anywhere. So it is strange that Dhar claims to be a saint.
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My painstaking research and intelligence penetration had succeeded in identifying over four union ministers and over two dozen members of the Parliament who were on the payrolls of the KGB operatives…. But the most surprising area of penetration of the KGB was the Ministry of Defense and those layers of the Armed Forces, which were responsible for procurement of military hardware. Even The Minister of Defense George Fernandes was caught red handed on video accepting massive bribes and yet nothing happened to him since the rot stems right to the very top.
Sant Jarnail Singh never asked for a Khalistan and thrusting lies onto someone without proof is ridiculous but what would Dhar know about integrity and the truth as a double dealer of lies! Further Rajiv Gandhi was directly responsible in aiding and abetting the Hindu terrorists who killed over 20, innocent Sikhs in and around Delhi alone in Nov , not to mention the other , murdered by him and his henchmen in Punjab.
A couple of important Sikh separatists who had committed heinous crimes in India had found safe haven in Canada…… Talvinder Singh Parmar….. Chhatwal advised me to prioritize my task in the following fashion; penetration of a few selected gurdwara; cultivations of a few identified targets amongst the most vocal section in the Sikh community; penetration of the Punjabi print and electronic media and control of the print and electronic media operated by the non-Sikh segments…..
Like Dhar mentions, practically every major gurdwara in the western hemisphere has Indian agents relaying a weekly report to RAW. The shocking part never mentioned by Dhar is that he was also involved in the intricate masterminding and downing of the Air India plane because of which he was transferred out in July due to severe pressure from the Canadian government.
Maybe Dhar forgot to talk to the Director of Safety of Air India in Mumbai in who has a completely different story to tell than the one Dhar enjoys repeating. At two Punjabi language newspapers editors were ready games to cooperate with a view to isolating the mad fringe in the Sikh community and putting to an end…… [Page ] Anyone could be bought to redirect misinformation on a soft target such as the Canadian Sikhs.
It is precisely the mad Hindu fringe in the top echelons of the Indian government which committed genocide on the Sikhs between and therefore murdering innocents Sikhs and others on a plane was a piece of cake for them.
The delicate task was related to selling the Indian version of the Sikh imbroglio and to convince the Canadian leadership that India was a victim of Sikh terrorism…. We had developed friendship with the troubleshooter, dirty manipulator and corrupt person, as his critics and a section of the media severally described Dhawan.
Dhawan her special assistant knew everything including who Indira Gandhi slept with; therefore it is very likely he found out her diabolical plan and in a pre-emptive strike, instigated the Sikh bodyguards to kill her and then had them killed immediately thereafter.
Dhavan killed literally killed two birds with one stone. Its macabre; but Dhawan maybe the savior of the Sikhs because without him many millions would have been brutally murdered by Indira Gandhi. A super spy like Dhar cannot pretend not to know that, unfortunately his super soft corner for the mighty Durga and her assistant has put blinders on his grey matter.
Chapter The West was not yet ready to appreciate the pains of terrorism, because they were yet to be hit by the fanatics. Canadian attitude had undergone some change after the Sikh militants downed the Air India flight, in which hundreds of Canadian citizens had perished……[Page ] It is strange that Dhar can pretend to feel sympathy for the primarily Sikh passengers and yet charge Sikhs of being the guilty party in killing unarmed Canadians.
Even the pilot was a Sikh. If Dhar is so sure how come no Canadian-Sikh has been ever charged for the heinous crime till today? If Dhar is so clean, the entire diplomatic team operating in and around could voluntarily offer to be debriefed or be grilled Indian style by the CSIS and there is no question the real truth would come out as to who are the real culprits behind this deadly conspiracy to blowup the Air India plane.
The Bofors deal was concluded when Rajiv held the defense charge, like his mother did the HDW deal was struck….. The Gandhi clan is not powerful because of their brains, but the fact that they have made hundreds of millions in kickbacks.
Simply put, a relationship exists between countries with significant internal stability problems and the nature of the oversight mechanisms they possess. Specific differences include: The United Kingdom is much smaller geographically than the United States. Additionally, the United Kingdom and Australia are island nations with fewer border control and security issues than the United States or India. Indian geography — its scale and proximity to terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and the Kashmir — coupled with its much larger population and significant Muslim minority leads to greater internal security issues beyond the scale of the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.
Suitable: Will mission be accomplished if tasks are carried out successfully?
Acceptable: Results are politically supportable. It is responsible for responding to a wide range of security threats that include terrorism, counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction, and organized crimes. MI5 falls under the Home Ministry, which has no precise U. Former Director of MI5 Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller has stated that MI5 is tracking approximately radical groups and over 1, individuals who are actively supporting or linked to terrorist activities focused on the United Kingdom — whether domestically or in foreign areas.
The United Kingdom has a history of combating terrorists, particularly in its long struggle against the IRA. As a result, MI5 has an established tradition of conducting domestic intelligence operations to include electronic surveillance, recruitment, and infiltration of terrorist groups.
It also has a well established working relationship with law enforcement. Islamic terrorism is now identified as the number one threat. The overarching aim of this strategy is to reduce the risk of terrorism through pursuit of four strategic approaches or lines of operation: prevent, pursue, protect, and prepare.
MI5 performs a unique service to support these two lines of operation. MI5 serves as an assessment agency as well as a collection entity. MI5 has been criticized for not providing warning of the Bali attacks in October , the Mombasa attack in November , and failing to pass specific intelligence regarding the shoe bomber, Richard Reid. An examination of the U. The ISC reports directly to the prime minister and is charged with producing an annual report on intelligence activities.
Additionally, despite the oversight mechanisms, MI5 continues to remain essentially a self-tasking organization requiring no separate approval before initiating a new operation. The organization also has a long history of performing its internal security and domestic intelligence functions. The United Kingdom also possesses several highly-evolved mechanisms to coordinate the sharing of intelligence.
Despite this structure, there have been several instances where MI5 did not share its intelligence. Effective intelligence sharing remains an issue. Its domestic intelligence agency also operates under a well-defined set of national laws, although the effectiveness of information sharing remains an issue. An assessment of information-sharing practices and oversight procedures — given the numerous changes within the U. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation ASIO In the difficult fight against the new menace of international terrorism, there is nothing more crucial than timely and accurate intelligence.
Similar to MI5, it is chartered to address a wide variety of threats. Australia does not have a long history of combating terrorists. Additionally, Australia has been largely isolated by the nature of its geography.
As a whole, Australia has typically viewed its strategic threats in a foreign context and has prized international cooperation with its allies to deal with its security issues. Despite its lack of internal threats, the Australian government has taken a serious and very thorough approach to internal security.
It went through significant security preparations for the Sydney Olympic Games, which also highlighted the value of international cooperation. Improving intelligence capacity, increasing the effectiveness of information sharing, seeking better detection capabilities, and improving law enforcement coordination are the overarching themes under prevention and preparedness. On November 18, , Australian authorities foiled the activities of two terrorist cells.
ASIO and Australian law enforcement agencies were able to prevent an attack possibly aimed at critical infrastructure as a result of an eighteen-month long investigation into individuals with possible linkages to al Qaeda and radical Kashmiri groups. Despite Australian and British similarities and the ability of their domestic intelligence agencies to possibly develop greater precision in categorizing the domestic threat, their information sharing problems remain a relevant issue for the United States.
Although Australia is similar to the United Kingdom, there is a greater distinction between executive and legislative oversight roles. This unique arrangement allows the IGIS to assist the government and parliament in oversight matters, but allows the office to act independently. The IGIS also enjoys total access to all intelligence and possesses the power of independent inquiry.
Although not a method of oversight, the Australian government also has an aggressive public outreach program. ASIO also has a long history in internal security and domestic intelligence.
An examination of Australian oversight mechanisms and public outreach programs may offer some areas for improvement in the United States. Similar to the United Kingdom, it also has faced some information sharing shortfalls and although it possesses a better-defined executive and legislative oversight process, there have been instances of past abuse.
We will cooperate with everybody, bilaterally, regionally, at the global level, in the fight against terror. India has been hard-pressed to reform its intelligence apparatus. This study, headed by former RAW director Girish Saxena, submitted numerous recommendations to streamline the intelligence process. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Finance have disapproved the key elements recommended by the committee.
Funding for the JTFIs and associated training has also been cut. This bureaucratic confrontation is attributable to the long-standing infighting between the Indian Administrative Service officers who dominate the Home ministry and the Indian Police Service officers who constitute the majority of the IB. Strategic Outlook. India has faced many internal security problems since establishing its independence in Consisting of a multitude of ethnicities, languages, and particularly due to the partition of India and Pakistan, India has faced numerous acts of sectarian violence.
In , the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight prompted calls for stronger anti-terrorism legislation. Although the Indian government has recognized the threat posed by al Qaeda through its proximity to the Indian subcontinent, the government has been unable to articulate precisely its approach to combating terrorism.
A key shortfall in the POTA legislation was that it lacked any linkage to a wider counterterrorism strategy and approach. If these means are sufficient, then the goals of the law can be reached.
Raman asserts, this is due to three factors: The absence of long-term thinking and planning are due to preoccupation with day-to-day crisis management and short-term compulsions, the inhibition of fresh thinking and a coordinated approach to national security issues due to the undue influence of narrow departmental mindsets, and the absence of a watchdog set-up, uninfluenced by departmental loyalties, to monitor the implementation of the national security decisions and remove bottlenecks.
The IB clearly has many domestic intelligence functions. Conversely, unclear strategic guidance, obscured responsibilities, bureaucratic infighting, and extremely limited oversight mechanisms severely hamper its ability to execute its mission. Information Sharing. The challenges faced by the IB are also a reflection of the Indian national security apparatus.
Some startling revelations like politicians on payroll of ISI, twisting of cases related to national security by ruling party, and the ruling party using intelligence for its own electoral and political benefits will leave you in disgust. Good read!
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Jul 13, Mahesh rated it liked it Recommends it for: However i dont agree with the authors view that babri demolition was not good for india. Maloy Krishna Dhar brings out certain details which are indeed 'explosive' and 'exposing'.
But then the book needs better curation, edit, and content review. The content doesn't flow coherently and content is repetitive. May 08, Dr. First and mostly, one might be grateful for being able to read this account of three decades of life of the author as an intelligence officer, at all.
That it was allowed to be published seems a miracle, and while India is not an iron curtain or bamboo curtain state, such an account published even from someone of similar stature in UK or US would be just as much a reason for a reader to marvel at being able to read about what goes on behind the veils of government workings and politics.
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Not that First and mostly, one might be grateful for being able to read this account of three decades of life of the author as an intelligence officer, at all. Not that the author exposes what must not be done, and he often enough makes it clear explicitly. Still, there is much in terms of facts not generally known to public as such, and even while one discounts for subjective opinions and feelings of the author, one is quite astounded and daunted reading this account.
That makes up for the few shortcomings of the writing to begin with, even though one comes across them all the while as one reads. One such not so serious shortcoming is about language and small mistakes therein, which a good editor could have corrected.
For that matter often writings of this nature are helped immensely by use of a professional writer so it is easier to read, too, but then both or either of these would have detracted from the original purpose of the book, which was to publish the manuscript as it was written by the author and found by his son. Amongst other details that emerge here enabling a reader to see the picture in detail, an important one is about how the party that ruled for most of almost seven decades played it for power by hook or by crook post Nehru era.
Apart from politics played in various states, and especially in the sensitive border states, all the more so in sensitive border states of Punjab and in Northeast, one single but horrendous detail that stands out is re protests sparked by infamous Mandal commission report that the government in late eighties attempted to implement.
It was obvious to anyone who watched the protests in Delhi by young students that the first boy who supposedly immolated himself and died, really did nothing of the sort - he was desperately trying to survive and was not allowed to; it is unimaginable that his fellow students would do anything but save him, do everything possible to save him, so it was obvious something else was afoot. Dhar tells the readers, categorically, about the Indira congress conspiracy behind this - how they had promised to save him, told him to wear three trousers which he did, and then double crossed him reneging on their promises to save him, by pouring fuel rather than water on him reminds one of the Lahore fire department pouring fuel instead of water on Hindu homes during partition when their neighbours and general Muslim mobs set fire to Hindu homes ; this callousness by congress about lives of innocent Indian citizens is not new in view of all Dhar discloses, especially re Punjab, even re intelligence operatives, but does somehow stand above, being about a hapless young boy unsuspecting about congress using his completely unintended by him death to return to power.
And since by this time the party was a single family rule, one loses any vestiges of sympathy for those that were then and have been since at the helm. Of course the most horrifying disclosure comes at the end, shedding a very different light on a late prime minister of India who was known more for his learned persona than for a questionable act at any time.
That Dhar was punished for what was a confusion and blunder of several other characters in the drama despite his altogether correct behaviour, both in interests of his nation and in terms of official proprieties, only horrifies one more.
But then this last one is only one explicit wrong committed by political needs is amply clear in light of the various security lapses allowed by the so called or self termed secular parties in sphere of national security and awareness re operatives of terror export nations infiltrating agents in India, both via illegal migrations with aim of taking over whole territories and terror strikes via official visitors who simply disappear in the nation due to laxity on part of authorities in various states tom-tomming their secular credentials, as directed by the political leaders of the so called secular parties.
In this larger picture and the specific last incident both, while some officials might be to blame such as the IB boss in the last incident who was far less than required for his post, most blame lies with the political leaders who direct and decide policies re intelligence and security, as is also amply clear from this account.
If police and intelligence operatives were used by the said so called secular political leaders for spying on opposition and told not to bother the agents of the terror export nation, they cannot be much faulted for towing the line in interest of their families' security and well being, and not wishing to be threatened physically or terminated wrongfully.
One surprising little detail one could mention is about how this author, like Guha, another of his community - Bengali - who is officially a historian, is about how both are so surprisingly so incorrect in something one would expect any Indian with a bringing up in India, and all the more so a Hindu, to know better about. Both these well educated people state Krishna as being from Gujarat, which in light of how steeped in Krishna lore India is for millennia, is astounding.
But Dhar had another surprising lack of awareness regarding the epic Mahabhaarata, which is that he does not recall Naagaas or Nagas being mentioned in Mahaabhaarata - and he should, since one of the most favourite names for a male in Bengal is Paartha or Paartho, a name of Arjuna, who was married to Chitraangadaa, a princess of Bengal from Manipur as going by lines on map of today. She was the third wife of Arjuna, and the fourth was Uloupie the princess of Nagas or Naagaas, known also as Naagakanyaa or daughter of Naagaas.
This relates to the word Naaga, understood throughout India to mean serpent or snake, worshipped generally but more specifically on Naagapanchamie, a festival day allotted to them.
And yet, Dhar seems to think the term or name Naaga has quite another meaning, related to a sect of monks - wonder if he is the only person so confused or there is a general confusion in Bengal? Then again, it might be that a background of East Bengal is the reason for this lack of comprehension re the difference of the two meanings of the word Naaga, one an ancient meaning and used all over India while other related to the monks sect more of a recent one, due mostly to reverence for the monks making India unwilling to use the precise word for naked and instead using a word similar but meaning snake.
On the whole a must read for anyone remotely interested in India as defined by the political boundaries of today but India as defined and understood since antiquity, which is the region in general.
June 29, Jul 01, Written by an ex-IB officer, the book gives a first hand account of life in Indian government and political environment. A must read for every Indian nationalist. Apr 08, Charles Chettiar rated it really liked it.
Dec 31, B. Even though many will consider this book as an attempt by Mr. It also gives the actual picture of Indian Intelligence bureau after independence as well the comical inertia inherited by Indian Bureaucracy from their British Masters. Even though we can read his resentment over the way he has been treated by his political and departmental masters, he gives some fine idea about the way the deficiencies in Intelligence gathering can be avoided.
Between the time of retirement and the publication of this book, I believe Indian intelligence apparatus has changed drastically except bureaucratic inertia and same has not been properly reflected. This is the only drawback of the book. However, the book gives an interesting as well as alarming insight of secularism in India, Islamic terrorism as well as wrongly motivated Hindu orthodoxy.
This alone makes the book a worthy for reading. Explosive stuff Mr Dhar candidly writes about the Punjab imbroglio where a raft of vested interests sought to keep fanning the flames of the insurgency for their short-term benefits and might have inflic Explosive stuff Mr Dhar candidly writes about the Punjab imbroglio where a raft of vested interests sought to keep fanning the flames of the insurgency for their short-term benefits and might have inflicted more lasting damage had not the insurgents overreached themselves by their wanton criminality and brutality.
Also the backdrop of the communal conflagration that was sought to be created for the sake of electoral benefit and reached its shameful heights on Dec 6, , the unprincipled jostling for power in the last four decades Just wish this revealing account had been better edited and proof-read to remove the constant repetition, the persistent misspellings of names and the other niggardly mistakes that bedevil this no-holds-barred story of the farce that Indian polity has been.
The Indian culture usually ignores history when history is one of the most important aspects of our lives. They say that those who don't learn from the history are doomed to repeat it and that's the reason why every Indian should read this book. This book exposes the political class and shows their true face. They usually house behind their secularism grab, but whatever they say and do, most of them are in for the money and not for serving the nation, which is the reason why our infrastructure is The Indian culture usually ignores history when history is one of the most important aspects of our lives.
They usually house behind their secularism grab, but whatever they say and do, most of them are in for the money and not for serving the nation, which is the reason why our infrastructure is non existent. To make matters worse, because of the British Raj, our own givernment has a colonial mentality towards the NorthEast and Kashmir. One can get attention of the the government by taking up arms and even then political problems are dressed up as military problems.
We are far from being a democracy and the worst government ever was the VP Singh one Janta Party the predecessor to BJP which brought in the reservations for votes and they lost regardless of that.
An intriguing read. Learnt a lot about the machinations of the IB.The book does shed light on the psyche, deviousness and cunning nature of the Brahmins at the helm of power. Other Editions 2.
Chapter Personally I rated Rao as one of the worst hunter-gatherers of the Indian politics. The then DIB had established a close rapport with certain officials of the PMO Prime Minister's Office and I was told that he was advised by them not to produce the tape that could take Advani off the hook. He is often treated as a clerk.
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