Why Intelligence fails is a question that's asked by the people whenever terror strikes in India. The Indian government spends substantial resources on its spy machine each year, yet intelligence failures repeat themselves with dreaded monotony. Like James Bond's martinis, the intelligence agencies get shaken but not stirred.
Intelligence is a highly complex and critical aspect of a nation's security which warrants expertise of specialists. But who are at the helm of India's spy machine? And why? This book is an extensively researched ensemble covering a multi-dimensional analysis of India's spy agencies. A turbulent and hostile neighbourhood apart, the Indian intelligence today, is faced with a virtually endless list of challenges. Cross-border terrorism, illegal immigration, left wing extremism, separatist movements aided and abetted by external powers coupled with activities of indigenous communal elements, induction of fake currency aimed at derailing the country's economy, and the narcotics-arms smuggler nexus, are some of the issues that confront India's intelligence community.
Evaluating inherent weaklinks in India's intelligence before and after Kargil, the author comes up with practical solutions to fix the spy machine. The insight story is interspersed with anecdotes and description of specific events, which will appeal not only to professional intelligencers, security analysts and administrators but also fascinate the lay reader.
Author: Lt Col Sunil S Parihar
Features: HB, Manas