RAW: A History of India’s Covert Operations by Yatish Yadav is the first comprehensive account of Indian spy networks and their intelligence gathering, and their role in securing and advancing Indian interests. The book published by Westland Books hit the shelves on 3rd August 2020.
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The Research and Analysis Wing, India’s shadowy external intelligence agency, is one of the country’s least understood institutions—at least in part by design. Perhaps fittingly for a spy agency, there is very little information about R&AW in the public domain. What is this organization, its structure, its role, and its vision? Why was it set up? Who are the people that run it?
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"From the very beginning our spies have taken every possible measure to defend the country. This book is the first attempt to acknowledge their sacrifice and daring work in uncharted territory to protect the security and integrity of our country. The spies never seek glory for themselves and the country will always be indebted to these unsung heroes. ‘RAW: A History of India’s Covert Operations’ by Yatish Yadav is a must read for everyone and not just experts to understand what goes behind the shadows and how critical missions are accomplished by spies. I am delighted and very happy to formally release this book, which is very addictive and deeply moving." – @iamsunnydeol . . . . . Yatish Yadav’s new book RAW is now available at bookstores & online! #NewBookAlert #BooksToRead #NonFiction #Books #RAW #Spies #CovertOperations #InternationalAffairs
Set up in 1968, as a reaction to India’s massive intelligence failure during the war with China, R&AW played a crucial role in the formation of Bangladesh. It has since carried out highly successful covert operations in Fiji, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka, and has countered and foiled Pakistani spy agency ISI’s machinations in the subcontinent. R&AW has operations in other parts of the globe too; it played an important role during the Iran–Iraq war, for instance.
No country can increase its global reach without intelligence support. India has made enormous strides in its stature and influence is testimony to R&AW’s success. Yet, public accounts of its work exist only in highly romanticized fictional stories. Investigative journalist Yatish Yadav follows the lives of real agents and maps their actions in real situations. His conversations with Indian spies provide insight into how covert operations actually work.
About the Author
Yatish Yadav is an investigative journalist based in New Delhi. Of the two-decade-long stint in journalism, he has spent more than fifteen years covering intelligence and investigative agencies, and extensively reported on conflicts in Kashmir, Northeast, and the red corridor. He entered the field of journalism during the early days of digital media, an opportunity that turned him into a professional photographer. Subsequently, he moved to television and learned filmmaking. In 2005, he was bestowed with the Best Director Award at the New York International Film Festival for Ropes in their Hands, a documentary exposing an international human trafficking ring operating from Nepal.
In his journalistic career, he has worked with prominent newspapers and TV networks of India and the United States. He has had a chance to break some big-ticket stories that defined the news coverage of the time. He also served as Bureau Chief of The New Indian Express in Delhi, handling a team of reporters to generate content for 22 editions and The Sunday Standard. As a hobby, he occasionally paints his thoughts. He is currently an Associate Editor at Network18.