Open Secrets of RAW-I

There are media reports that a new book titled "India's External Internal Intelligence: Secrets of Research and Analysis Wing" (RAW) written by former RAW officer Major General (retd) V K Singh is likely to be banned. The use of the Official Secrets Act might facilitate the same.

Ashok Chaturvedi, RAW Chief is reported to have voiced his concerns about the book to MK Narayanan, National Security Advisor.

It is being said that the book deals with the leadership crisis in the RAW, lack of accountability, and political mishandling of RAW's functions.

RAW was founded on 21st September 1968 by Rameshwar Nath Kao who was made a Secretary (Research) in the Cabinet Secretariat. R.N.Kao retired from active government service in 1977.

Prior to independence Kao had joined the Imperial Police - which was to the ICS what the IPS is to the IAS today - at the start of the Second World War. He became part of the British Intelligence Bureau.

After independence Kao was entrusted with the task of looking after the security ring of the Nehru. Kao was deputed to the Intelligence Bureau (I.B.), on the eve of Independence when it was being reorganised under B.N. Mullick.

He became a senior advisor to Indira Gandhi in 1980 when she became the Prime Minister of the Country for the second time. When Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister of the country in 1984, R.N.Kao was appointed his security advisor. He breathed his last on 20 January 2002 at the age of 84 years.



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