The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is the primary foreign intelligence agency of India.
The then Deputy Director of Intelligence Bureau Mr. K.N Rao gave the blueprint for the establishment of RAW.
RAW was established as a follow-up to the failure of Indian intelligence during the wars with Pakistan & China.
RAW is an independent agency dedicated to foreign intelligence gathering.
In its first decade, RAW had delivered major success in Pakistan – Bangladesh war & accession of Sikkim.
Some of the objectives of RAW are:
Moulding international public opinion and influence foreign governments,
Conducting covert Operations to safeguard India’s National interests,
Anti – Terror Operations and neutralising terror elements posing a threat to India.
RAW is largely credited for a lot of operations securing the country.
However, it has been reported that CIA had honey trapped RAW officials in the past for intel.
There have been reports of corruption and public servants misusing their positions to get diplomatic passports for their families.
Could RAW like CIA be involved in covert operations in other countries?