Articles By B Raman

Rajiv Gandhi and R&AW

Rajiv Gandhi and R&AW

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 16 Jan , 2016

During the little over five years he was the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi had three chiefs of the R&AW. G.C.Saxena, an IPS officer of the UP cadre,who had taken over as the chief in April, 1983...

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Role of R&AW in Liberation of Bangladesh

Role of R&AW in Liberation of Bangladesh

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 14 Dec , 2015

Covert action capability is an indispensable tool for any State having external adversaries. Its purpose is not just collection of intelligence, but the protection of national interests and the...

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Counter-Terrorism: Points for Action by the International Community

Counter-Terrorism: Points for Action by the International Community

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: TERRORISM-Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow | Date: 21 Oct , 2015

(Text of a paper submitted by the author in July, 2004, to a High-Level panel on “Threats, Challenges and Change” chaired by Mr Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand set up by...

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The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi

The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 12 Oct , 2015

A few months after I had retired and settled down in Chennai, the late S.A. Subbiah, who had succeeded me in Geneva and subsequently became the head of the Sri Lanka division in the headquarters,...

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The Assassination of Indira Gandhi

The Assassination of Indira Gandhi

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 25 Sep , 2015

Till 1985, the IB was the over-all in charge of the security of the Prime Minister — while he or she was in Delhi as well as during his or her travels in India and abroad. The IB’s...

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Role of R&AW during Emergency

Role of R&AW during Emergency

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 24 Jun , 2015

When Kao had come to Paris to introduce me to Alexandre de Marenches, he was in receipt of a top secret coded message from a senior leader of the Congress (I), a Kashmiri, who was known to be...

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The Khalistani Terrorism

The Khalistani Terrorism

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 06 Jun , 2015

In the first few years after India’s independence, the Sikh migrants from Punjab constituted the largest single group of Indian origin in the Indian diaspora in the UK, the US and Canada. Some...

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Indo-French intelligence cooperation: High expectations, poor results!

Indo-French intelligence cooperation: High expectations, poor results!

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 29 Dec , 2014

The 1971 war highlighted two major deficiencies of the R&AW. The first was its poor capability for the collection of maritime intelligence in the Indian Ocean region. The second was its lack of...

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R&AW and Bofors

R&AW and Bofors

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 15 Dec , 2014

I was posted in Geneva as Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India (PMI) to the UN organizations based in Geneva from April 1985 to May,1988. I handled work relating to the International...

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Angry & Bitter with the State Department

Angry & Bitter with the State Department

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Kaoboys of R&AW | Date: 08 Dec , 2014

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. As someone, who showed no emotions or passion on...

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