Maloy Krishna Dhar is the author of Open Secrets ( avg rating, ratings, 35 reviews, published ), Operation Triple X ( avg rating, 93 rati. Now consider what Maloy Krishna Dhar, former joint director, Intelligence Bureau in his book published nearly a decade ago-“Open secrets-. Maloy Krishna Dhar’s Open Secrets, as he informs us at the outset, is not an autobiography; nor, indeed, does it offer an objective or critical assessment and.
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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [how to get it? See all 3 questions about Open Secrets…. Lists with This Book. Fascinating narration by a practitioner who lived his life on his own terms. Dhar is not only brutally frank about the events and the individuals around him, he reveals the contradictions within his own persona eloquently without being defensive about opem he thought or did.
I have not come across such a detailed account of what happens in the official “spy” world and how it impacts the lives of important and not so important people.
He packs a punch in whatever he says and hold back none even c Fascinating narration by a practitioner who lived his life on his own dhhar. He packs a punch in whatever he says and hold back none even calling the “fourth estate” members “taxis on hire”. One may dispute and disagree with some of his actions, specially when he treads into territories that a bureaucrat should normally avoid.
Perhaps that proved his undoing.
Nov 24, Abhishek rated it really liked it Shelves: Fascinating account of 29 years of service. But gradually becomes interesting when it starts talking about tackling Pakistan, internal espionage incidents, etc. Some startling revelations like politicians on payroll of ISI, twisting of cases related to national security by ruling party, and the ruling party using intelligence for its own electoral and political benefits will leave you in disgust. Jul 13, Mahesh rated it liked it Recommends it for: However i dont agree with the authors view that babri demolition was not good for india.
Maloy Krishna Dhar brings out certain details which are indeed ‘explosive’ and ‘exposing’. But then the book needs better curation, edit, and content review.
The content doesn’t flow coherently and content is repetitive. May 08, Dr. First and mostly, one might be grateful for being able to read this account of three decades of life of the author as an intelligence officer, at all. That it was allowed to be published seems a miracle, and while India is not an iron curtain or bamboo curtain state, such an account published even from someone of similar stature in UK or US would be just as much a reason for a reader to marvel at being able to read about what goes on behind the veils of government workings and politics.
Not that First and mostly, one might be grateful for being able to read this account of three decades of life of the author as an intelligence officer, at all.
Not that the author exposes what must not be done, and he often enough makes it clear explicitly. Still, there is much in terms of facts not generally known to public as such, and even while one discounts for subjective opinions and feelings of the author, one is quite astounded and daunted reading krkshna account.
Open Secrets: India’s Intelligence Unveiled by Maloy Krishna Dhar
That makes up for the few shortcomings of the writing to begin irishna, even though one comes across them all the while as one reads. One such not so serious shortcoming is about language and small mistakes therein, which a good editor could have corrected. For that matter often writings of this nature are helped immensely by use of a professional writer so it is easier to read, too, but then both or either of these would have detracted from the original purpose of the book, which was to publish the manuscript as it was written dhat the author and found by his son.
Amongst other details that emerge here enabling a reader to see the picture in detail, an important one is about how the party that ruled for most of almost char decades played it for power by hook or by crook post Nehru era.
Apart from politics played in various states, and especially in the sensitive border states, all the more so in sensitive border malo of Punjab and in Northeast, one single but horrendous detail that stands out is re protests sparked by infamous Mandal commission report that the government sercets late eighties attempted to implement.
It was obvious to anyone who watched the protests in Delhi by young students that the first boy who supposedly immolated himself and died, really did nothing of ,aloy sort – he was desperately trying to survive and seccrets not allowed to; it is unimaginable that his fellow students would do anything but save him, do everything possible to save him, so it was obvious something else was afoot.
Dhar tells the swcrets, categorically, about the Indira congress conspiracy behind this – how they had promised to save him, told him to wear three trousers which he did, and then double crossed him reneging on their promises to save him, by pouring fuel rather than water on him reminds one of the Lahore fire department pouring fuel instead of water on Hindu homes during partition secrete their neighbours and general Muslim mobs set fire to Hindu homes ; this callousness by congress about lives of innocent Indian citizens is sefrets new in view of all Dhar discloses, especially re Punjab, even re intelligence operatives, but does somehow krisjna above, being about a hapless young boy unsuspecting about congress using his completely unintended by him death to return to power.
And since by this time the party was a single family rule, one loses any vestiges of sympathy for krishnaa that were then and have been since at the helm. Of course the most horrifying disclosure comes at the end, shedding a very different light on a late prime minister of India who was known more for his learned persona than for a questionable act at any time. That Dhar was punished for what was a confusion and blunder of several other characters in the drama despite krihna altogether correct behaviour, both in interests of his dhat and in terms of char proprieties, only horrifies one more.
But then this last one is only one explicit wrong committed by political needs is amply krishnx in light of the various security lapses allowed by the so called or self termed secular parties in sphere of national security and awareness re operatives of terror secrsts nations infiltrating agents in India, both via illegal migrations with aim of taking over whole territories and terror strikes via official visitors who simply disappear in the nation due to laxity on part of authorities in secrefs states tom-tomming their secular credentials, as directed by the political leaders of the so called secular parties.
In this larger picture and the specific last incident both, while some officials might be to blame such as the IB boss in the last incident who was far less than required for his post, most blame lies with the political leaders who direct and decide policies re intelligence and security, as is also amply clear from this account.
If police and intelligence operatives were used by the said so called secular political leaders for spying on opposition and told not to bother the agents of the terror export opej, they cannot be much faulted for towing the line in interest of their families’ security and well being, and not wishing to be threatened physically or terminated wrongfully. One surprising little detail one could mention is about how this author, like Guha, another of his community – Bengali – who is officially a historian, is about how both are so surprisingly so incorrect in something one would expect any Indian with a bringing up in Seccrets, and all the more so a Hindu, secreys know better about.
Both these well educated people state Krishna as being from Gujarat, which in light of how steeped in Krishna lore India is for millennia, is astounding.
But Dhar had another surprising lack of awareness regarding the epic Opsn, which is that he does not recall Naagaas or Nagas being mentioned in Mahaabhaarata – and he should, since one of the most favourite names for a male in Bengal is Paartha or Paartho, a name of Arjuna, who was married to Chitraangadaa, a princess of Bengal from Manipur as going by lines on map of today.
She was the third wife of Arjuna, and the fourth was Uloupie the princess of Nagas or Naagaas, known also as Naagakanyaa or daughter of Naagaas. This relates to the word Naaga, understood throughout India to mean serpent or snake, worshipped opeb but more specifically on Naagapanchamie, a festival day allotted to them. And yet, Dhar seems to think the term or name Naaga has quite another meaning, related to a sect of monks – wonder if he is the only person so confused or there is a general confusion in Bengal?
Then again, it might be that a background of East Bengal is the reason for this lack of comprehension re the difference of the two meanings of the word Naaga, one an ancient meaning and used all over India while other related to the monks sect more of a recent one, due mostly to reverence for the monks making India unwilling to use the precise word for naked and instead using a word similar but meaning snake.
On the whole a must read for anyone remotely interested opsn India as defined by the political boundaries of today but India as defined and understood since antiquity, which is the region in general. Written by an ex-IB officer, the book gives a first hand account of life in Indian government and political environment.
A must read for every Indian nationalist. Apr 08, Charles Chettiar rated it really liked it. Dec 31, B. Even though many will consider this book as an attempt by Mr. It also gives the actual picture of Indian Intelligence bureau after independence as well the comical inertia inherited by Indian Bureaucracy from their British Masters.
Even though we can read his resentment krshna the way he has been treated by his political and departmental masters, he gives some dgar idea about the way the deficiencies in Intelligence gathering can be avoided.
Between the time of retirement and the publication of this book, I believe Dhzr intelligence apparatus has changed drastically except bureaucratic inertia and same has not been properly reflected. This is the only drawback of the book. However, the book gives an interesting as well as alarming insight of secularism in India, Islamic terrorism as well as wrongly motivated Hindu orthodoxy.
This alone makes the book a worthy for reading. Mr Dhar candidly writes about the Punjab imbroglio where a raft of vested interests sought to keep fanning the flames of the insurgency for their short-term benefits and might have inflic Explosive stuff Mr Dhar candidly writes about the Punjab imbroglio where a raft of vested interests sought to keep fanning the flames of the insurgency for their short-term benefits and might have inflicted more lasting damage had not the insurgents overreached themselves by their wanton criminality and brutality.
Also the backdrop of the communal conflagration that was sought to be created for the sake of electoral benefit and reached its shameful heights on Dec 6,the unprincipled jostling for power in the last four decades Just wish this revealing account had been better edited and proof-read to remove the constant repetition, the persistent misspellings of names and the other niggardly mistakes that ipen this no-holds-barred story of the farce sedrets Indian polity has been.
The Indian culture usually ignores history when history is one of the most important aspects of our lives. They say that those who don’t learn from the history are secrdts to repeat it and that’s the reason why every Indian should read this book. This book exposes the political class and shows their true face. They usually house behind their secularism grab, but whatever they say and do, most of them are in for the money and not for serving the nation, which is the reason why our infrastructure is The Indian culture usually ignores history when history is one of the most important aspects of our lives.
They usually house behind their secularism grab, but whatever they say and do, most of them are in for the money and not for serving the nation, which is the reason why our infrastructure is non existent. To make matters worse, because of the British Raj, our own givernment has a colonial mentality towards the NorthEast and Kashmir. One can get attention of the dharr government by taking up arms and even then secfets problems are dressed up as military problems.
We are far from being a democracy and the worst government ever was the VP Singh one Janta Party the predecessor to BJP which brought in the reservations for votes and they lost regardless of that.
Learnt a lot about the machinations of the Opeb.
As can be expected, it is highly laced with the author’s perspectives on what is right and what is not. Also goes to show krisnha poor and unprofessional India’s intelligence set-up is especially when compared to the olen of Israel.
I had recently read a book on the Mossad – and the difference in capabilities between the two countries are startling. The author has a good command over the language and has written very well.
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sedrets But I w An intriguing read. But I was surprised to see several typos and wrong constructs of languages off and on. Their copy editor seems to have let them down. It seems the book was rushed into publication. Jan 21, Dev Devesh rated it it was amazing. I certainly recommend to anyone who is following leaders malooy their respective ideologies blindly.
Maliy book is written with detail and efforts given by Maloy Dhar behind this book is reflected clearly. Open secret have enough fire in it,t “People of books turn to inflexibility and fundamentalism,when being provoked even slightly” Open Secrets takes you on journey of deep and dirty corridors of Indian politics,revealing hidden truths and botched up decisions,which are impacting our life even today.
Open secret have enough fire in it,to shake anyone’s belief in government. A must read for every Indian citizen. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To duar it, click here. The book is written by someone who was in the ring. Now is that better than ring-side view?
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