Battleground India: Prognosis of Hindu-Muslim ExclusivismPublisher: Times Groups Book & Vitasta Publications, New Delhi.
Pages: 464 minus refs and notes.
Price: Rs. 599/-
The book is an interpretive study and of the historical spectrum of India from 10th century AD to the present period. This period witnessed rise and collapse of Muslim politico-military powers in India and gradual sprouting of Hindu nationalism and later germination of Muslim nationalism. Hindu aspirations to assert nationalism, cultural and religious identity and achieve self-rule and Muslim endeavor to assert separate identity as a distinct linguistic, cultural and religious and political entity have been projected. Initial Hindu reaction to treat the British as deliverer and Muslim attitude of aversion had led to disproportionate growth of Hindu and Muslim fortunes. The book interprets how the ashraf Muslims and British connived to thwart the Hindu nationalists and perpetuated the Two Nation concept on the basis of religion, which finally fruited in dividing the people irreconcilably. The evolution of Muslim separatism since 1857 has been scientifically studied and discussed. Growth of Hindu majoritrainism and assertion of identity has also been chronicled.
The aspect of ‘living together separately’ psychology persisted even after independence. The Indian Muslims continued to carry the burden of minority identity crisis. The ambience of exclusivism continued unabated. Alleged minorityism practiced by the state and Muslim clamor for better share has generated sharp Hindu reaction. Battleground India has examined all these aspects both at macro and micro levels. The first unbiased projection of the deteriorating grassroots conflict situation prognosticates bad news for national unity and integrity.
Open Secrets-India’s Intelligence Unveiled
I had written Open Secrets-India’s Intelligence Unveiled With a view to offer near-side view of what happens and why such things happen in the world of intelligence, which always perplexed the common people and followers of events that happen in and around the country. I had always in mind the idea of writing a sequel to the Open Secrets, presenting to common readers and intelligence professionals the details of the science and arts of intelligence tradecraft which are
researched, discussed and analyzed in written literature and are taught in the universities as parts of curricula of security studies. In India no such literature is available written on the backdrop of India’s internal and external security concerns. I nursed the idea for a long period and studied the science as applicable by the intelligence agencies of various countries. Trade Secrets is, therefore a sequel to Open Secrets, which tries to explain how the intelligence trade is conducted by the
agencies and which instruments they use.
Publisher: Manas Publications
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Price- Hardcover: Rs. 795.00.
Fulcrum of Evil – ISI, CIA, Al Qaeda Nexus INR795.00
ISBN No.: 8170492785 By: MK Dhar Hardback Fulcrum of Evil is the first detailed research based book on the Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan. The ISI and the CIA are known as rogue intelligence agencies which were born around the same time in global history after the Second World War for churning out intelligence about external enemies. For USA, the main enemy was the communist Russian Block countries. For Pakistan India has been the perennial enemy survival elixir. However, both the agencies earned notoriety for extra legal and constitutional operations at home and abroad in utter disregard of international laws and diplomatic protocols. The CIA and the ISI collaborated even before they were conjuncted in the killing field of Afghanistan. Pakistan’s evolutions as a jihad exporting country all over the world, especially to India have been chronicled by the contemporary historians. Fulcrum of Evil is a solid data based account of the jihad breeding intelligence agency of Pakistan. A state within the state the ISI continues to the nemesis of Pakistan which is lurching under military rule and jihadi violence.
Open Secrets: India’s Intelligence Unveiled INR495.00
ISBN: 8170492165 Published: 2005 ‘OPEN SECRETS’ is the first authentic insider story chronicled by a top intelligence operator of the Central Intelligence Bureau of India. Composed in facile and flowing literary format the book portrays the author’s journey through the mine fields of India’s internal fault lines and trouble spots, which haunt the internal security concerns even today. The scintillating exposures of the ‘proxy war’ machinations of Pakistan and its efforts to subvert India through export of jihad have been narrated with stunning details and candid exposures. The author’s forays into the internal political minefields and exploitation of the intelligence machineries by the unscrupulous political class have been unmasked skilfully. The book is the story of an intelligence operator who devoted over 30 years in the country’s prime intelligence agency, through memorable events, which often shaped the contours of Indian polity, made valuable additions to the internal, external policies of the nation and its security ambiance in the neighboring countries and the geopolitical sphere.
This has a Hindi and Punjabi Version
Train to India: Memories of Another Bengal INR350.00
Maloy and his mother boarded the Dacca-Sylhet Express from Bhairab in 1950. The young boy notices a tick mark in white chalk on the side of the carriage, a sign that worries him. The train enters the Anderson Bridge, and a blob of fresh blood hits Maloy’s face. He saw bodies rolling down from the train on both sides and some on the river Meghna. He and his mother survived that perilous journey but his uncle is stabbed and thrown out of the train. Maloy and his family made the last perilous journey to India from East Pakistan another train after a few months which were repeatedly attacked. They managed to reach Agartala, the capital of Tripura. Politics had taken a communal colour in this region-age-old bonds between Hindu and Muslim Bengalis had deteriorated. The situation was made worse by near famine situations and the brutal suppression of unrest. Villages were perished, marauding attackers had a free hand, and trains became charnel house on wheels. The partition of Bengal had its share of tragedy, of lives unmade and lost, but it is relatively less chronicled than events in Punjab. Maloy Krishna Dhar’s Train to India is a graphic and moving account of that turbulent and unforgotten era of Bengal history. Publisher: Penguin India ISBN: 9780143065463
Shakti INR 325
SHAKTI is an exciting anthology which showcases 14 crisp and wonderful stories about varied women whom the author met during his childhood, college days and his tenure in the Intelligence Bureau. The author delves deep into the labyrinth of his sensitive chords and tries to encrypt the heroic stories of these women. All the stories are as varied as the women themselves and depict how these women fought their way out from the situations they encountered. From portraying the undying love of his friends from his college days, to the harrowing account of 1984 riot-victim, and a famous starlet’s fight for her real identity, the author has woven a beautiful tapestry which throws abundant light on the foundation of all creations-SHAKTI, the primeval life-force and sources of all energy. — The author has even dared to write about his lecherous boss who impregnates his maid’s daughter and pushes the innocent into the debauch world of beggary. He has exposed certain political leaders who still indulge in the practice of “bonded labour” in their fiefdoms and machinate organised killings. His biggest regret is that he could not do anything for her. —- The stories paint life as it is, rather than trying to be didactic. There is a strong element of projection of women’s intrinsic power to fight against social evils and to continue the process of creation. —- ISBN: 61-89766-67-8 —- Price: Rs. 325, US $ 12.45.
We The People of India-A Story of Gangland Democracy INR395.00
ISBN: 81-89766-43-0 Paperback, ‘We The People of India-A Story of Gangland Democracy’, is the happening history of a nation that we boast of being the largest Democracy. The story borrowed from the diary of a psephologist drills into the soul-content of the democratic engine-Electoral system, unveils its redundant carcasses, which starts and ends with election process sans any obligation for good governance by the ruling classes. It focuses on the rediscovering process of the kernels of the soul of the nation through a National Renewal Process. The chronicle longs about national renewal, a process to rebuild the nation by repairing and redesigning the original pillars conceived by our founding fathers, patriots and martyrs. The happening history, as reproduced from the diary, undertakes tortuous journeys through the political minefield and discovers that Indian democracy, which is based on a vibrant electoral system and procedure has been hijacked by the moneybags, muscle power, and the criminal fringes, which use several subversive means to sabotage the system and plunder the people. Narrations and incidents chronicled reflect ground-zero realities based on history in the making. Hence, certain aspects might appear as happened realities. It’s often painful to look into the eyes of happening history. However, some truth seekers fight their wars even though they are aware of the frightening battlefield conditions. A Gandhi is killed, a Bose is forgotten, and a Bhagat Singh does no more prick the conscience of the people who lead us.
This has a Hindi version
Black Thunder: Dark Nights of Terrorism in Punjab INR495.00
ISBN : 978-81-241-1358 Published: 2007 Paperback, A fiction is not always a fictitious and fantasias rendition of reality. Black Thunder, wrapped in the skin of fiction, tells the true story of cathartic culmination of follies that fanned competitive religious fundamentalism and pushed the people to the path of ethno-religious insurgency. Power debauchery had dissected the governing tools into contradictory opinions that immobilised the nation. Political expediency created mass hysteria and terrorism. Pakistan exploited the fault lines and pushed the country to the cataclysmic fratricidal crimes. Black Thunder is the story of the national crime. The nation has paid the wages of sin of the governing classes and tools. Black thunder is a reminder to them and all of us—lest we forget our combined sins. As a ring-side player, the novelist had the opportunity to take part in the games of blatant political shenanigan, bureaucratic debauchery, multiple sufferings and sacrifices offered and excesses committed by the uniformed protectors of the nation. It is hoped that the inner story told in a literary style shall imprint lessons, which we should not forget, and create self-machinated fault lines all across the country.
Mission to Pakistan- An Intelligence Agent in Pakistan INR795.00
ISBN: 81-7049-148-7 Hardback Copy Right: 2002, 2005 MISSION PAKISTAN is the first Indian spy thriller involving Indo-Pakistan espionage games. Written by an author with over three decades of experience in forward and counterintelligence and counter-terrorism, the quintessential story is based on real and historic events. It offers unprecedented insights into the shadowy world as was unfolded by history during last six decades. At the same time it depicts the cruel-tender story of political skullduggery, social aberration and soulful love that transcend the artificial border drawn by power-hungry politicians in the name of religious separatism. The geopolitical and geostrategic values of the feuding nations are normally projected at two levels: diplomacy and espionage. The novel depicts in great details the second tier of geopolitical games played by India and Pakistan through the witty but cruel games of espionage. For the first time the life and time of a real-time Indian agent planted in Pakistan has been described with minutest details of trade craft and literary delicacy. MISSION PAKISTAN takes the reader back into the tumultuous decades from the mid sixties to early seventies, when India and Pakistan fought two wars within a span of six years. MISSION PAKISTAN brings to focus not only the nature of this largely unseen intelligence war that takes place in the shadows but also the impact the underlying fault lines and internal security gangrene have on those affected.
Operation Triple X : An Indian Spy-Run in Pakistan INR495.00
Author: Dhar, Maloy Krishna Year: 2007 ISBN : 8170493013 The two umbilical nations have had a stormy past and the storm of separation still rattles the very bones and soul of the two people. OPERATION TRIPLE X is structured around shadows of real life spy games between India and Pakistan. Of the various categories of spies, the most dreaded is the Long Term Embedded Spy Operations. This classic spy game played by the COLD WAR partisan countries have inspired scores of authors all across the world. OPERATION TRIPLE X is the first scintillating narration of such a classical operation by an Indian intelligence operator that had aimed at penetrating the very core of the state machines of Pakistan during a crucial period of history when India’s very foundations were rocked by Chinese aggression in 1962, Pakistani advances in the Kachchh sector (1964) and the perfidious invasion of Kashmir in 1965. Set in this pot-boiling historical background, which took a sudden turn for the worse and resulted in Pakistani genocide in East Pakistan and Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, OPERATION XXX offers ringside view of the epoch making historical developments. The eventful years between 1964 and 1971 had witnessed accelerated spurt in behind-the-curtain espionage activities between the two countries; the Indian panorama spearheaded by the Intelligence Bureau and later the R&AW. The military ruled Pakistani thrust was piloted by the Inter Services Intelligence, which had penetrated several core areas of India’s governing system.
Kauri / Kidwai Fasal INR 400.00
SBN: 978-81-7601-902-6 (Hard Back) Price. Rs. 400.00 ISBN: 978-81-7601-909-5 (Paper Back) Price. Rs. 300.00 KAURI FASAL was conceived on August 18, 1987 at Gharyala village near Khemkaran. Previous night a police party was ambushed by the militant youths near a canal bank. In all four police sepoys were killed and four others were injured. Next evening a strong paramilitary contingent aided by some intelligence officers raided the village and picked up fourteen people, including six youths. Despite protestations that the ambush on police was staged by a gang returning from Pakistan, the authorities decided to set up an example by punishing the villagers, so that, other villages would not dare to collaborate with the militants. The punishment was severe. The arrested villagers simply disappeared. Only one of them survived to share with me the ghastly story of Indians killing fellow countrymen without applying the concept of criminal jurisprudence. My assignment to Punjab continued but I failed to reconcile with the fact that the rebels were licensed to protest but not to kill. The state forces were also assigned by the law to fight the killers and kill in the process of fighting. But they were not assigned to kill at will by arbitrarily deciding fates of innocent people. The innocent people were pressed under the millstone of the militants and the state authorities. A fiction is not always a fictitious and fantasias rendition of reality. KADWI FASAL wrapped in the thin skin of fiction, tells the story of cathartic culmination of follies that fanned competitive religious fundamentalism and pushed the people to the path of ill conceived ethno-religious strife. Political expediency and mindless governance added fuel to the fire. KADWI FASAL is the story of the national crime committed by misguided people and the over zealous tools of governance. Like a painter the author has depicted the stories as they happened. It is hoped that the cataclysmic stories told in literary format would touch the chords of hearts and we would stop creating self-machinated fault lines.