If you have watched the Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi, you would have known that there have been spies of India in Pakistan and another foreign land who have silently contributed to the country.
The risk of getting caught, the dangers of the operation, and the sheer thanklessness of the job have made some of these spies unknown. Here we look at 5 Indian Spies who you may have not heard of.
In 1965, Mohanlal Bhaskar gave out a speech on Bhagat Singh where he said,
“We have eaten the grain cultivated with your blood, it has nurtured the seeds of martyrdom in us.”
Soon after this, Mohanlal Bhaskar was handpicked for espionage activities. Without his family getting to know anything, he underwent circumcision and converted to Islam and renamed himself as Mohammad Aslam. He was sent to Pakistan in order to extract information about Pakistan’s nuclear program. His cover blew up after his colleagues betrayed him. He was jailed for 14 years in Pakistan and released later. He later wrote a novel called “An Indian Spy in Pakistan.”
A theatre artist born in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, he was spotted by Research and Analysis Wing of India in one of his plays. He was put under 2 years of rigorous training where he was made to learn Urdu, Islamic religious text, and also the terrain of Pakistan. At the age of 23, he was sent to Pakistan as Nabi Ahmed Shakir. He married a local Pakistani girl named Amanat. Till 1983 he kept passing on classified info to the Indian Army. He was named as Black Tiger by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
He was arrested in Pakistan and died in 2001 after spending 16 years in jail.
Kashmir Singh was sent to Pakistan as Mohammad Ibrahim and was assigned the task of collecting information of number of local army units near the Pakistani border and the strategic locations. He was arrested in 1973 and spent 35 years in solitary confinement but refused to admit he was a spy of India. He was released in 2008.
Now known as the James Bond of India, Ajit Doval had spent 7 years in Pakistan as a Pakistani Muslim. He was a part of Operation Black Thunder where he went inside the Golden temple posing as Pakistani agent where he got access to Khalistani militants and hence accessed important information. He now works as India’s National Security Advisor.
A part of Rani of Jhansi regiment of the Indian National Army, Saraswathi was born in Burma and later joined Subhash Chandra Bose. She was disguised as a boy to get crucial security information from the British. She once drugged British soldiers and rescued her captive colleague. While escaping, she was shot but still managed to escape.