Ajit Doval

 Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor of India, is not a
> run-of-the-mill officer.  He comes packed with abilities to
> conceptualise strategies and plans that shall realise Prime
> Minister Modi’s dreams and national goals

> Just as Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumes office after a
> blitzkrieg electoral offensive that saw Congress and its
> allies vanquished as never before, the dishonest and
> inefficientbureaucrats
> in the
> South and North Blocks are scurrying for cover. At
> the same time, there are officers of unimpeachable integrity
> and enormous potential who were thus far ignored by a
> scam-ridden, dysfunctional regime headed by agentleman who would
> perhaps be remembered as the most unheard and unseen Prime
> Minister of India. Whereas there would be many brains of
> excellence in the Modi Team, India’s new National
> Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval distinguishes himself
> from the rest in many ways. His appointment as India’s NSA
> sends a clear signal – nationally and internationally. It
> is a pointer to the Modi government’s resolve to free
> India from the internal and externalanxieties so as to
> create an environment of peace and progress on which the
> idea of ‘good governance and development for all’ shall
> flourish.

> Ajit Doval is a man of exceptionally high IQ and uncanny
> abilities. He is doer, a fighter and achiever who has
> ventured and accomplished missions where few would dare. And
> it is not just ‘one of’ type of successes in his case. 
> The chain of his incredible success stories runs through
> some of the most dangerous and unlikely situations. Here is
> one incident that explains how he stunned us by giving a
> simple solution to a complex problem fraught with far
> reaching ramifications. The National Security Guard (NSG)—widely
> known as ‘Black Cat Commandos’ was flown in at night to
> flush out the terrorists from the Golden Temple Complex at
> Amritsar in May 1988. There were conflicting reports about
> the number and identities of terrorists inside the Golden
> Temple complex. There was no clarity as to what weapons they
> had and how many innocent civilians were inside the
> premises. Our initial brief from the local police and state
> administration left crucial questions unanswered. This irked
> us. Nevertheless, operational plans were drawn up and by
> late night, we were readying to storm the complex. Just as
> the assault was about to go, it was suddenly cancelled.  “Tiger
> for Two, Billa cancelled. Stand down and get back to your
> cordon positions,” Tiger (the Group Commander) ordered the
> assault squadron commander. (Billa was the code word to
> signal ‘launch’ of phase I of the operation). The
> operation was called off even before it took off because the
> Force Commander had received a rider from the Home Ministry
> – “No civilian casualties and damage to buildings will
> be accepted!”

> Back to my position atop Temple View Hotel overlooking the
> Parikrama, we went into a huddle. All of us were eager to
> finish the operation as soon as possible and did not relish
> these restrictions being now imposed upon us from Delhi.
> Officers were now required to tell their Hit commandos –
> equipped with high precision shooting lethal weapons and
> trained to kill – to shoot but not kill! When Ajit Doval
> arrived there, not everyone knew him. Only a select few of
> us knew about this super cop’s incredible role in this
> operation. He gave us a first-hand account of all that was
> going on inside the Golden Temple Complex – the
> terrorists, sevadars, civilians, women and children; their
> falling morale, waning resistance, duels over options to
> surrender or fight and die and so on. These were valuable
> inputs. He had been inside the Golden Temple Complex rubbing
> shoulders with the most dreaded terrorists like Surjit Singh
> Penta, Karaj Singh Thande, Bhag singh, Chanchal Singh (all
> self-styled ‘Lt Generals’ of Khalistan Commando Force or
> KCF) and Gurjit Singh, the All India Sikh Students
> Federation (AISSF) leader. In utter disregard to personal
> safety, he moved around all over the complex even as bullets
> were raining from all directions. Much later, we learnt that
> he had disguised himself as an agent of ISI sent for their
> aid.

> After explaining the situation, the task and the
> restrictions imposed from top, we sought his views. He heard
> our predicament attentively. “Now, tell us”, the Force
> Commander asked him, “How the hell can such an operation
> be accomplished without collateral damage?”

> After listening to our problem silently, Ajit Doval smiled
> and looked around. His affable countenance, cool glance and
> naughty smile indicated he had something funny to say –
> and he did. He offered a solution that appeared too simple
> to be operationally effective. What would stun everyone
> later, however, was not the spectacle of battle but the
> simple, subtle tactics that culminated into a success that
> was lauded all over the world. Not only did we compel all
> the terrorists to surrender but also ensured zero collateral
> damage. There was no casualty or injury to any commando
> either. Doval became the first IPS officer to be honoured
> with ‘Kirti Chakra’ (a peacetime equivalent of the
> second highest military award ‘Mahavir Chakra).

> Op Black Thunder is but one of a long trail of incredible
> feats accomplished by Ajit Doval.  Idiosyncratically
> propelled from within, he has frequently endangered himself
> going beyond the call of duty and jumping into the jaws of
> Death. So often, he has infiltrated into the core of
> militant organisations and delivered crippling blows to
> disintegrate them. His role in disintegrating the Mizo
> National Front (MNF) Army humbled the ferocious Lal Denga,
> who himself attributed his defeat to Ajit Doval’s shrewd
> moves. His idea of befriending and converting terrorists in
> Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) into counter-terrorists was
> another unorthodox masterstroke that was initially
> criticised but proved to be a very effective measure in
> suppressing the rising tide of militancy there. Kuka Parray
> and his pro-India outfit Ikhwan-ul-Muslemoon were borne of
> this out of the box strategy launched by Ajit Doval in the
> terror torn state. Often described as a super spy, he does
> not reveal all he has been through including the years he
> spent in Pakistan. The humility and the ethical code he has
> followed all through will perhaps never allow us to peep
> deeper into all corners of his secret world. (NOTE: Specific
> details of Doval’s subtle advice and operational plans
> are part of official secrets, which cannot be revealed even
> today.)

> Thanks to his diplomatic proficiency and deft crisis
> handling abilities, India has often retrieved many a
> critical situation from the verge of catastrophe. He was the
> Chief Negotiator to rescue the hostages aboard Indian
> Airlines flight IC 814 that was hijacked to Kandahar in
> December 1999.  His deft negotiating skills resulted in safe return of
> the aircraft and the hostages from the clutches of hijackers
> enjoying connivance of Taliban.

> In his retired years, Ajit Doval has led a very fulfilling
> engagement as founder Director of Vivekananda International
> Foundation, New Delhi where you would find him always
> surrounded by a galaxy of research scholars, writers,
> retired bureaucrats, defence officers, diplomats – foreign
> and Indians alike. Workshops, seminars, panel discussions,
> book launches and presentations are the routine activities
> at this Think Tank.  A voracious reader, thinker and
> analyst himself, Doval is a storehouse of knowledge. His
> personal library at home would be envied even by academic
> institutions. To hear him speak on subjects as diverse as
> national security, international relations, socio-religious
> matters, trade and commerce, economy, energy, development
> and so on is always an enriching immersion from where
> participants emerge adding a new dimension to their
> knowledge.

> Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a man with vision and dreams
> for a prosperous, powerful Bharat.  He is no
> run-of-the-mill politician. He has the capacity to visualise
> a distant lofty future and the will to achieve it. Ajit
> Doval, the National Security Advisor of India, is likewise
> no run-of-the-mill officer.  He comes packed with abilities
> to conceptualise strategies and plans that shall realise the
> Prime Minister’s dreams and national goals. Undoubtedly,
> India is in safe hands on its way to a glorious future.

> (Author and social activist Col Karan Kharb is a
> military veteran,who commanded an Infantry battalion with
> many successes in counter-terrorist operations.He was also
> actively involved in numerous high-risk operations as second
> in command of the elite 51 Special Action Group of the
> National Security Guard—widely known as ‘Black Cat
> Commandos’.)

> — 


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