The book < The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace > is co-authored by the former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), General Asad Durrani and A S Dulat, the former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), is creating quite a buzz in our country vis-a-vis the charged political scenario. The BJP IT cell is promoting this book as against the country and the PM, which is actually a blessing in disguise for the authors and publishing house. This promotion by the BJP IT cell is actually not at all wrong. the insinuations that this book bring to the fore is absolutely targeted towards the present government.
Counterparts from the rival countries’ intelligence services coming together to produce a book supposedly on sensitive issues related to back-door diplomacy and the events related to security and foreign-policy matters is being termed as a unique venture, but it is not so. The book is narrated in a conversational style, with journalist Aditya Sinha initiating the dialogue between Durrani and Dulat. It is actually a scenario where two oldies, retired for long, talking about things in a hypothetical fashion with little regard to truth.
Some time in 2016, the idea of this book was mooted and as the authors could not meet in their home countries, the conversations guided by journalist Aditya Sinha, took place in cities like Istanbul, Bangkok and Kathmandu. On the table were subjects that have long haunted South Asia, flashpoints that takes lives regularly. The book claims that it is in all ways a deep dive into the politics of the subcontinent, as seen through the eyes of the two spymasters. Among the subjects, Kashmir, and a missed opportunity for peace, Hafiz Saeed and 26/11, Kulbhushan Jadav; surgical strikes, the deal for Osama Bin Laden, how the US and Russia feature in the India-Pakistan relationship; and how terror undermines the two countries’ attempt at talks are there.
The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace
By: A. S. Dulat, Aditya Sinha, and Asad Durrani
published by: HarperCollins
If one looks at the conversations between the Pakistani General and the RAW operative, it is pretty clear that the former RAW operative is clearly against the Modi government and its policies. In one of the converssation A S Dulat suggests that for the sake of peace in Kashmir, the stone-pelting and protests would go on indefinitely. It seems that the former operative of the Indian agency is of the opinion that Hurriyat is the Pakistani team and government should include it in the peace talks, which the government is extremely against. It is also apparent in the conversations that both the spy masters are dead against the present NSA Ajit Doval. They think that Doval is detrimental to the peace talks between the two nations and is quite obsessed with Pakistan.
In a nutshell, the book is a total disaster. It is understandable when a Pakistani spymaster talks gibberish about the Indian government policies, but it is very inappropriate for a former RAW operative to do so. During conversations, Durrani talks about a book named <The Bear Trap>. He says that if he had issued any rebuttal for that book, it may have had blown out of proportion and got major readership, which is the case for this book also. this book is laden with crap talk of two complete losers who didn’t do anything for normalising relation between the two countries, when they were in power.
By Nilabh Krishna