It seems that the present government is more proactive and vocal about defending our borders than the previous government. There are facts to back that claim, with civilian and security personnel deaths due to terrorism dropping sharply over the last year.
The recent surgical strike by the Indian army around the Burmese border is yet another example of government’s stand against terrorism. A few weeks before the strike, eighteen Indian soldiers were killed in an armed ambush in Manipur, where rebels attacked their convoys with RPGs and automatic rifles. The government never gave a statement and instead, decided on attacking the very heart of the enemy.
The government executed a surgical strike on the rebel camp located around the Indo-Burmese border.
According to several reports, it took the Indian army only thirty minutes, from insertion, to elimination, to exit. And 40 commandos from the deadly 21 Para regiment created history. Two teams, with MI-35 helicopters attacked two NSCN (K) camps four km deep in Myanmar and killed an estimated 30-50 rebels with surgical precision.
And behind such a daring and a dangerous attack was Ajit Doval, India’s National Security Advisor.
Doval, aged 70, is the country’s spy master and is known to send shivers down the spines of India’s enemies. Here are a few facts that you must know about our National Security Advisor:
#1. Ajit Doval is the 5th and current National Security Adviser. Doval, like any other NSA, works closely along side the Prime Minister.
Doval has previously served as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau in 2004-05, after spending a decade as the head of its operations wing. Ajit Doval is also the youngest person to win the Police Medal and the prestigious President’s Police Medal.
#2. In the 1980s, the Mizoram National Front was breaking India’s back with insurgency. Doval is renowned to have infiltrated the underground Mizo National Front, weaned away half a dozen of its top commanders and all but broke the back of the MNF.
#3. Doval spent 7 years as a secret operative in Lahore, Pakistan.
Here’s one of his stories:
#4. He was in the Golden Temple in the days leading up to the Indian Army’s Operation Blue Star. He posed as a Pakistani Spy, gained the militants plans, their intel, reinforcements available to them and various other valuable information.
#5. Doval was also India’s main negotiator with the hijackers of Indian Airlines’ flight IC-814 that was hijacked and taken to Kandahar in 1999.
He also played a role in the termination of all 15 hijackings of Indian Airlines aircraft between 1971 and 1999.
#6. In Kashmir, Doval persuaded prominent militants like Kukkay Parey, and turned himself and his colleagues into ‘moles’ in the terrorist outfit. He then pacified these anti-India outfits and turned them peaceful.
#7. Recently, Doval was responsible for getting back 45 nurses from Iraq when the nation was under fire from ISIS.
Reportedly, Doval personally went to Iraq to make sure that Indian citizens were brought back safely.
#8. Ajit Doval is also known to keep his opinions against Pakistan very vocal. Just look at this:
#9. Ajit Doval is also known to have a hand in Sri Lanka’s last Presidential elections.
Apparently, Pakistan is not the only country Doval has put his sights on. If speculations are correct, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the presidential elections earlier in January this year Maithripala Sirisena as he was in the cross hairs of Doval.
Reportedly, Rajapaksa was seen as a nuisance to India as he favoured China. He unexpectedly lost the election and there is enough evidence that India played a role in assisting his departure. Reports suggest that the Colombo station chief of R&AW (Research & Analysis Wing), India’s external intelligence agency, was asked to leave. But not before he had: one, united Sri Lanka’s usually divided opposition parties to agree on a joint contender for the election; two, aided Rajapaksa’s chief aide, Sirisena to defect and stand as opposition; and three, convinced former Prime Minister, Wickremasinghe, not to contest.
Obviously not a lot is known about Doval given that he has been a spy, and now is the country’s National Security Advisor.