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Monday, November 06, 2006

'Muslims, Sikhs need not apply for job with Indian intelligence agencies'

*India's premier intelligence agency Research & Analysis Wing [RAW[ has a strength of 10,000 but has no Muslim officer. No Muslim appointed ever since 1969 and even the late Humayun Kabir's son not selected after cleared in interview just because of his religion.
*The Intelligene Bureau (IB) with a strength of 12,000 personnel has a handful of Muslims.
*The NTRO and Special Protection Group (SPG) also don't recruit Muslims, it is the unwritten rule.
The lead story in weekly news magazine OUTLOOK by Saikat Dutta that divulges these figures, begins with the intro, 'You can blame all of India's intelligence fiascos mainly on Hindus, as the agencies don't find Muslims or Sikhs fit to work for them'.

How much the entire system [Government & bureaucracy] has been against inducting Muslims can be gauged from the fact that 'a decision was taken during Narsimharao government's tenure to recruit Muslims in IB, but still not in the RAW'. 

So a decision had to be taken [does't that reveal what is in the hearts of politicians and officials and what is on the lips when it comes to Muslims]. Even as ex-RAW chief and senior officials of army assert that it is critical to have Muslims in intelligence because they can bring crucial information and know the psyche of Muslims, the intelligence agencies are still not recruiting them.

Is it absolute foolishness on the part of government then? Or so deep a hatred that no amount what happens the Muslims should not be allowed entry in these establishments. Pathological hate. That tthey should not get any good jobs i.e. a foothold anywhere in these prime agencies. 

Or it is a Free Mason's secret, something so much against Muslims that if they enter into the RAW, that will be exposed! The anti-Sikh bias in NSG, SPG and other agencies started after 1984 with Indira Gandhi's assassination. 

So what about Mahatma Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi's killers? Did the government stop recruiting Hindus or say Maharashtrians and Tamilians--Godse and Dhanu's respective castes. That's a naive argument and when it comes to the challenge of security, there should not be such profiling. 

Anyway. I have a feeling somebody saying to me: Sardar ko Prime Minister bana diya, Muslim ko President, ab kyaa hamaari jaan loge.....IB, RAW ko to chhoR do [With Sikh Prime Minister, Muslim president, what else you minorities want. Now please leave our intelligence agencies]

Sorry, sirs. How can I dare write on this SENSITIVE issue. Thanks to Outlook, that it was revealed. I just dared to comment. Now back to serious note. I think there is a need to get professional people, really good hands, belonging to all communities and all cross-sections.

And I think, there has been a slight change in policy. Muslims are being recruited now. This will not only show that state has full faith in its minority citizens but Muslims will also, just like they have done it in army, excel and ensure better intelligence gathering. 

[Link to Outlook Story]


A Soul In Exile said...

If there ought to be religion based reservations anywhere, it ought to be in intelligence agencies like RAW, IB and all... With the diverse spectrum of challenges India faces on all borders, we need to ensure all colours of the society are tapped into when it comes to intelligence... be it muslims to counter the Jehadi cells, people from naxal lands or so on...

This is a really sorry state of affairs...

HP said...

Pretty Disturbing!
Hope the media brings out more such truths in the open.


Sharique said...

"Sardar ko Prime Minister bana diya, Muslim ko President, ab kyaa hamaari jaan loge.....IB, RAW ko to chhoR do ;)"

This sums up the mentality!!

Solz said...


Diganta said...

I think this is common syndrome across the third world and even now creeping into first world as well. For a diverse country like India, diversity should be the greatest strength rather than the weakness.

BTW, how the editor come to conclusion about the ethnic profile of RAW and what was the base of his information, is questionable. Because, most part of the RAW works from underground and even work in foreign countries.

indscribe said...

diganta, the journalists on the 'special investigations or intelligence' beat do have access to such information. Though to outsider it may appear difficult but 'off the record' and on the condition
'that officials won't be quoted' the information is obtained.

Diganta said...

Yeah I know journos can really get the news but then they have to get trusted source - which is rare inside RAW. People are very motivated and most of them don't even know the full picture of RAW. To know at least a fair amount of ethnic profile of RAW, one has to really be very high-ranked where the leakage is unlikely to happen.

Secondly, Outlook's inside news once let me know that Saurav Ganguly is going to break his marriage for his alleged relations with Nagma. I have lost trust on the 'inside sources' of Outlook from that point.

Ashish said...

This is a country with different sects and types of citizens, but all of them are full citizens. Like we have muslim terrorists, we have hindu naxals, ULFA hindus, and so on. All need to be combated.
For once I agree with Outlook, Indian's intelligence agencies need to have people from all religions, based on merit and the specific needs; screen all of them periodically to evaluate their allegiance, but one should never discriminate against whole sections of people.

Mayuresh said...

There is one thing which we all fail to consider..... That people of particular religions may not be fit for the job, not because of their religion, but because of their qualifications. For example, A recent survey conducted by the sachar panel showed that 4% of the IAS officers were Muslims. A demand rose that Muslims be given preference to bring thir level to represent their % in the population. But a better comparison is % of Muslims in the applicants to the UPSC exams, which also stands at 4%. If 4% of the applicants are Muslims and 4% of the selected officers are Muslims, I do not see the bias. Further, this is because 4-5% of the graduates are muslims (graduation is the min. qualification required for an IAS post) So, I would view this Outlook report with suspicion as it does not present the entire picture, but just sensationalizes a statistic.

Abhilash said...

Dont make a big fuss about it. Obviously muslims pose a security issues. Muslims here go on a rampage even on issues that doesnt concern them( Saddam Hussein's death, Middle East, afghanistan, etc...)

So, the pertinent question is whether a muslim's prime concern is India or Middle East. RAW is a strategic organisation, and people recruited should have "India First" mentality.

parab said...

Its strange that muslims are ignore in today's situation where it will be easier for muslim to penetrate into the terror outfit or at least in areas where muslim have willing or not willingly supported these jihadi and get more information. Probably because of these lack of muslim is costing india dearingly with so many blast which could be averted with proper information. I know a guy who works with IB and is muslim. He and few of this muslim colleagues are recent recruit. I wonder why this baised

Anonymous said...

I dont agree with the Article.

1. RAW or IB never discloses or keeps any record of relegion based classification.

2. Defense establishments and RAW/IB are totally secular and the selection is solely on merit and fit psychology.

3. The article is miss leading and the evidences it quotes are fake.

Anonymous said...

seriously ...man .. come on!!!
i totally disagree with each and every word written here...,

look ,indeed there is a not so good history of india and its independence.jiski wajah se..kuch issues ho skte hain...but hain thats not..done..dear..
i dont know to wat study u hav gone through before writting this article.but u need to understand one thing..u cannot blame whole system just b coz of any particular persons act.
in other words jaise ki aapko har muslim ko terrorist kahne ka haq nahi .. jus b coz 1 muslim who was a terrorist ...same as u cant blame whole hindu community ,,on not including muslims in secret services...har ek desh ka apna code of conduct hota hai...uske hisaab se woh apna kaam . krte hain simple...
and one thing is for sure that u are not an indian,,not even a "muslim who is indian", b coz hindustaniyo mai aisi soch toh bilkul bhi nahi hain...
and at last for ur g.k aj bhi from police rank to secret services ranks .. we do have muslims,sikhs,buddist,christians,parsis,and hindus too..
so next time please do more homework before writting an article.