R&AW or Research and Analysis Wing of the Government of India is the most secretive intelligence department of our country. From its establishment after the wars of 1962 and 1965, the agency has worked as an Intelligence bureau for foreign and domestic matters and counter terrorism.
The agency certainly has been kept under wraps all these years, but we have still managed to get some facts for you today.
After all, they are supposed to keep all things ‘secret’ and not publicize their achievements, no matter how super they are.
Imagine the diplomatic confusion it would create if an Indian in plain clothes shot somebody in a foreign country. They will procure and use a weapon if the situation demands but their best defense is ‘intelligence’.
In just 3 years, the agency helped created a new nation (Bangladesh). India had learnt the lessons from the 1962 war really well.
The following note by KN Daruwala (Chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee) sums up the man this spymaster was –
“His contacts the world over, particularly in Asia—Afghanistan, Iran, China, you name it—were something else. He could move things with just one phone call. He was a team leader who rode out notorious inter-departmental and inter-service rivalries, which is commonplace in India.”
Pakistan was ultimately defeated in Operation Searchlight. R&AW under Kao got definite intelligence on the location of East Pakistan’s cabinet during the 1971 war. Indian Air Force bombed the place. Based on the intelligence inputs, the Naval commandos blew up every single ship of Pakistan in the Chittagong harbor.
The Chinese wanted to try a hostile takeover, but we had Kao. So, Sikkim became the 22nd state of the Indian Union.
It was done because former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse was being too kind to the Chinese.
Failure to figure out what Indian scientists and the government were up to, is considered to be one of the biggest failures of the American CIA.
No sexy gori detectives, hi-tech cars or gadgets.
And the hard fact is that India’s intelligence agency will come to you on its own. Do not try looking for them.
The candidate also needs to be a university graduate, be ready to pack bags at the notice of a few hours and not have anything to do with drugs. Also, the candidate needs to have Indian parents.
And we have heard that the referees and the coaches of prospective officers are also interviewed thoroughly. Be on good terms with your gurujis!
It’s not a comfy desk job. If you are on a case, in all probability, even your family won’t know where you are.
The rumor is that the dropout rate is very high.
If you plan on announcing it on Facebook, you can bid the dream goodbye right this moment.
The first preference, it is said, are personnel from the armed and paramilitary forces.
No secret agency is looking for candidates who are easy to bribe or give in to temptations. If you are looking for power, join a political party instead.
Unlike popular belief, after an assignment is over, the officer is allowed to join back in his original department. So if you don’t have the mettle for it, you can just go back.
Theater artist Ravinder Kaushik is one such example, which came into the public eye. Hemant Karkare too had worked for R&AW in Austria for almost a decade.
Candidates who are selected from the defense forces are required to resign from their core department, before opting to join it.
But you would still need to clear the psychological and personality tests before you are even considered.
His tenure and escapades are the perfect plot for a spy movie.