Indian spies cannot be rated. All of them, from times immemorial, have worked behind the sight to ensure the safety of millions. At the risk of their lives, away from their family, in the most unforgivable of situations, the spies secretly fulfilled their job to save their motherland from its enemies.
Here are some of the incredible spies who gave up all the pleasures of life for the sake of the nation:
1. Rameshwar Nath Kao
He is known as the father of India’s external intelligence; Rameshwar Nath Kao was the superspy who has been photographed only twice in public throughout his life. Not much is known about his past before he formed RAW in1969. Such was his command that the agents in RAW, the agency he served as its chief till 1977, were called ‘Kaoboys’.
2. Saraswathi Rajamani
The oldest among the known names in this list is of Saraswathi Rajamani. Yes, the oldest among all is a woman. Born in Rangoon in what is now Myanmar, Rajamani perhaps is just a given name. Her family owned a gold mine. Being the richest in Rangoon, Rajamani’s family were staunch nationalists and wanted India’s freedom from the British rule. Rajamani donated her jewelry to Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA) at age 16.
She joined the force and became a member of the military’s intelligence. She masqueraded in the disguise of a boy along with others of the intelligence wing to gather information from inside British camps.
3. Ravindra Kaushik
Ravindra Kaushik stands apart for some obvious reasons. Among the spies we’re acquainted with, Kaushik was the only one to have gone right inside the heart of the Pakistani power center – its military – to collect invaluable information for India.
As a matter of fact, he was a theatre actor from Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, the very handsome Kaushik was chosen by Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency, for the thankless job after they saw one of his performances at Lucknow. He spent a couple of years receiving training as a spy. Just like a methodical actor, he perfected Urdu, internalized Islamic texts and studied the terrain of Pakistan. He also underwent circumcision to ensure that nothing gets him caught. The spy was given the nickname of ‘Black Tiger’ by none other than Indira Gandhi.
4. Mohanlal Bhaskar
Pakistan Mein Bharat Ka Jasoos Tha’ (the English version is titled: An Indian Spy in Pakistan). Bhaskar was sent to Pakistan to collect information on the country’s nuclear programme, which India suspected. For perfection in the act, he got circumcised and changed his identity to Mohammed Aslam.
We salute the heroes who gave away their lives in the service of their motherland.
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