Spies are considered to be doing extremely secretive and covert work outside the border. Their work is not a cakewalk like what we see in the movies. It is difficult to work alone in a different atmosphere only for the safety and security of one’s country, away from one’s own family.
Recently you may have seen in ‘Raazi’, actress Alia Bhatt portrays the character of a girl from Kashmir who marries a Pakistani military officer entering Pakistan as a wife being a spy.
Here are some true stories of the Indian spies who went undercover:
Saraswathi was born in Burma (now called Myanmar), at the age of 16 she joined Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in 1942. After which she became a part of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, being the INA’s military intelligence wing. She is known as the youngest spy of India.
Her work stars now when she disguised as a boy along with her few female colleagues to gather crucial and vital information from the British. She was even captured by the British soldiers when she went to rescue one of her colleagues from them. Saraswati dressed as a dancer and without getting noticed she rescued her colleague and drugged the soldiers. The spy was shot by one of the soldiers when she was fleeing the camp with her colleague and even under such circumstances, she managed to escape.
Mohanlal Bhaskar was a true patriot and came into notice when he was giving a speech on India’s freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh, “We have eaten the grain cultivated with your blood, it has nurtured the seeds of martyrdom in us.”
Bhaskar was then chosen for carrying out all the covert and espionage activities for the country. Without his family even getting a slight knowledge, he got converted to Islam, underwent circumcision and got the name of ‘Mohammad Aslam’. He was sent to Pakistan to occupy all their information about the country’s nuclear programme which was a grave threat to India at that time. But his destiny was not with him when Bhaskar’s cover was blown by a double agent then who used to work for India and Pakistan both. Due to this betrayal, Mohanlal Bhaskar was arrested and spent 14 years in jail.
India and Pakistan underwent a prisoner exchange program and he was released. After his release, Mohanlal Bhaskar wrote a very captivating and intense novel titled, “An Indian Spy in Pakistan”.
He had a golden talent of a theatre artist, born in the Ganganagar district of Rajasthan state. During one of his performances, he was spotted by some RAW officials, he was just 21 at that time. He accepted their offer and within 2 years he was fluent in Urdu. At the age of 23, he entered Pakistan posing as, Nabi Ahmed Shakir in 1975 when all his Indian documents were destroyed. Kaushik got himself enrolled in the Karachi university to pursue LLB.
Now the real work of a spy starts when he joined the Pakistani Army after his graduation. When he joined he became a commissioned officer and with his undying talented work, he got promoted to a position of Major. Between the year of 1979-83 he kept on passing all the classified information to the Indian army and married a Pakistani girl named, Amanat and the duo had a son too.
Ravindra Kaushik’s life came in danger when a former RAW operative Inyat Masiha was sent to Pakistan to get in touch with Kaushik and got captured, which as a result blew both their covers in 1985.
Kaushik was given the name of ‘The Black Tiger’ by former Indian PM Indira Gandhi because of his valuable contribution to the country. After he was captured he spent 16 years in Pakistan’s ‘Mianwali Jail’ wherein he got infected with Pulmonary Tuberculosis and died in 2001.