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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Open Secrets by Maloy Krishna Dhar


It took me a long time to close the reading of Open Secrets. The full name of the title is Open Secrets – the Explosive Memoirs of an Indian Intelligence Officer by M K Dhar.

The book contains thirty-three chapters and a long Prologue. It was the contents of the Prologue, which held me long. I developed an impression that the author was a self-righteous person who intends to guide the state on the methods of running an intelligence-gathering machinery and police administration. It made me learn something about the author from the book details, and I learned that it was written by an IPS officer who had worked for IB for a long duration. I do not know the civil services rules, but according to the writer, he was allotted West Bengal Cadre. He was earmarked during his training period for Intelligence work, and after spending some time as a police officer in West Bengal Districts, he moved to Delhi and got absorbed in IB. He was forcibly retired from the services during the tenure of Prime Minister Narsimha Rao for fumbling with the ISRO espionage case. Anyhow, I continued the reading. I had received this book free of cost for being a Prime Member scheme of Amazon. I earmarked it for reading on a Tab during my official duty where it provides a long duration of inactivity. That became the cause of taking too much time for reading this book.

Like the author, I have already talked too much about myself. However, I enjoy the freedom of saying whatsoever, and I want to say, as I am posting it on my blog.

Before I write further, I recommend the reading of this book.

The readers can look into the preview of the book given below.




The author had discussed such issues of Indian politics at the national and international level, which were new for me. I believe that it may be same for all such readers who believe in reading a quality material that can be entertaining and informative.

I learned about the East India separatist problems in detail for the first time. The author worked as an intelligence operator of India in Manipur and Nagaland. I can not authenticate all the information about the social and economic aspect of those regions, as everything was new to me. The author seems to have first-hand information about the tribes of East India. He knew about their culture, social structure and their mindset. Therefore, the reader who is interested in East India issues after the Independence of India, the book will be highly beneficial. The general public should also read the text to get the full definition of India.

The case of Sikkim was another addition to my knowledge after reading the book. The issues related to Punjab were quite refreshing, and I can authenticate the information provided in case of Punjab as I have lived through the tumultuous period of Punjab. Some of the information was new to me.

Similarly, the information on India and Pakistan relation, the relevance of Canada in the matter which is still an important issue was quite an addition to my understanding.

The author of the book had worked under the tenure of Jawahar Lal, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Vishwanath Partap Singh and Narasimha Rao. He made many generalisations based on history and gave an incisive observation on the history of Modern India. No doubt, he was an IPS officer with good family and educational background. 

The author has adopted a literary style in writing each chapter. Every chapter begins with a quotation. Some of the episodes have a touch of a novelist. Somewhere one feels that he is writing as per the manual of the literary styles.

The author has tried to hide many truths. He was probably under a constraint to give only clues about some of the people who were in power. However, in the case of Buta Singh and Zail Singh, he is quite open in the later chapters. 

The author has tried to project himself as a man of high moral stands and refined virtues. He is open to reveal that he has a liking for and linkage with RSS. He has identified many RSS stalwarts about whom the present generation does not know. He claims to be an acquaintance of Dhirubhai Ambani and holds him and his family in high esteem. An intelligence operator has taken sides and became judgemental. I do not know how a more mature reader and knowledgeable people would evaluate it. The author had tried to convey that he had written this book to start a debate in the country. I have my views and a new reader of this book have his views.

The author has written another book with the same opening title but the subtitle of that book is India’s Intelligence Unveiled. Apart from that, there are some more titles to his name. Probably, they are being made available by his Mainak Dhar.

Mainak Dhar, another writer, who is the son of the author and found mention in the book, is also an author. His books are also available on Amazon and from Booksellers.

A Preview of a book by Mainak Dhar







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