The Kaoboys of R&AW: Down Memory Lane

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Amber Books Limited, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 294 pages
This book deals largely with those aspects of the working of the R&AW of which the author had personal knowledge while serving in the organization for 26 years. The book traverses through India's contemporary history-importantly the 71 war; insurgency in the Northeast, Punjab and Kashmir; the Emergency; the war in Afghanistan and the intelligence imperatives and dispensation under Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Rajiv Gandhi, VP Singh, Chandra Shekhar and Narasimha Rao. Written with the purpose that a knowledge of the role played by R&AW in those events would possibly enable a better understanding of its strengths and weaknesses, it painstakingly avoids over-statements, exaggerations and spins. The organization has been given credit where it is due. And it has been criticized where such criticism was warranted. Known for his candor, the author provides rare insights into the functioning of R&AW. This book is objective in its commentary and assessment. A prolific writer like Raman waited for 13 years after he retired from R&AW in 1994 to come out with an insightful book. In India, retired intelligence officers have written books on general aspects of intelligence and security. However, there has been a reluctance to write on the functioning of our intelligence agencies by its retired officers. Such reluctance was there even in other countries till the early 1960s. This has since disappeared. The public in general and the research scholars in particular have benefited from such writings. This book seeks to break the reluctance in India in public interest, so that the nation as a whole may benefit from a well-informed debate. Kaoboys of the R&AW, first attempt by an insider, who belonged to the permanent cadre since inception of R&AW and was not merely a bird of passage, hopefully, would encourage others to share their experience and insights with the public and research scholars.

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B Raman joined the Indian Police Service in 1961. Served in Madhya Pradesh as a police officer from November, 1962 to July, 1967. Joined the External Intelligence Division of the Intelligence Bureau of the Govt of India in July, 1967. Moved over to the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) of the Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, when it was created in September, 1968, by bifurcating the Intelligence Bureau. The R&AW is the external intelligence agency of the Government of India. Served as the head of the Counter-Terrorism Division of the R&AW from 1988 to 1994. Retired as Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, on August 31, 1994.Was a member of the Special Task Force appointed by the Government of India in 2000 for Revamping the Intelligence Apparatus. Was a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of the Government of India from July, 2000 to December, 2002. Was a member of the Working Group on Terrorism of the Council on Security Co-operation Asia Pacific (CSCAP) in 2002 and 2005. Testified on Terrorism before the US House Armed Services Committee in June, 2002, and a sub-committee of the House International Relations Committee in October, 2003.Honorary member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Indian Defence Review, a quarterly published from New Delhi. Author of four books-Intelligence: Past, Present & Future, A Terrorist State As A Frontline Ally, the Kaoboys of R&AW: Down Memory Lane and Terrorism: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow-all published by Lancer Publishers of New Delhi. Kaoboys of R&AW was the most reviewed book of 2007. Writes regularly. On the guest lecturer faculty of many training institutions of the police and the army. Presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. Also associated with the South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG) of New Delhi ( and the Chennai Centre For China Studies.

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