The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that Vikram Sood, a member of Hindu extremist organization RSS’s Youth Wing in his college days, joined IPS in 1966, fivers after B. Raman, the founding RAW number-2, did it and was handpicked by B Raman for RAW in March 1972 where he served till March 2003 a period that spans over more than three decades. These investigations indicate that during his 30-year odd stay at RAW, Sood kept creating different methodologies and ploys against Pakistan and Pakistanis as well against China. Apart from his haul of conspiracies against Sikhs and Kashmiris, Sood also remained very instrumental in forming strategies to fix Naxal and Bodo insurgents while his hyper active role in Raman-Doval conceived conspiracy of hijacking Indian Airliner IC- 814 in 1999 to blame Pakistan is not hidden from anyone. His serving as RAW’s Joint Secretary Area One ( that solely deals with Pakistan) and Area Two that deals with China and South Asia) for much more than the routine tenures, made him specialist in creating a variety of methodologies and conspiracies against Pakistan and China in particular and rest of the South Asian countries in general.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that Vikram Sood was a diehard follower of traditional Chanakaya policies of deceit and intrigue while his latest inspiration for present day intelligence operations was derived from post 9/11 intelligence modifications by the US. His close associates say that Sood policies against Pakistan were very lethal as these were a very deadly blend of Chanakaya’s traditional and ancient philosophy of HUMINT and modern US practices of TECHINT.
These investigations indicate that Vikram has been very much inspired by the use of HUMINT (Human Intelligence) and TECHINT (Technical Intelligence) operations, orchestrated by the US agencies like the FBI and Homeland Security. In one of his research articles, he writes “Easy availability of 21st century technology and means of communication have been game changers and the September 11, 2001, attack first sent shock waves in America before panic set in followed by massive retaliation. This event altered perceptions, needs and priorities especially in the West led by the US. A great deal of this change was also facilitated by abilities to make changes and by the perceptions of the threat.
The intelligence apparatus grew almost overnight. Americans quietly acquiesced to a stringent Patriot Act that curbed individual rights; a new agency Homeland Security was up and away. Personnel handling intelligence reached 210,000 by 2012 in 17 intelligence agencies in the US. Kabul alone had 700 case officers and presumably a comparable number in Islamabad.
Both the DIA and FBI grew phenomenally. The FBI has its own fleet of 132 surveillance aircraft and helicopters owned by different front companies in the US. Private American corporations increasingly collect and analyze on behalf of the US government, both in the NSA and CIA. Even special operations have been outsourced in some cases. For instance, till a few years ago, 47 private American companies were assisting 17 US agencies in developing HUMINT.
It had begun to tap into data hubs of Google and Yahoo for email data. Today 5 billion emails are downloaded every day, apart from listening into phone calls and covering all Americans. Imagine the downstream activity that would involve more technology and expertise to convert this data into information, and then knowledge and finally intelligence.
America’s enormous, mostly unacknowledged, surveillance overdrive was designed to sweep in all possible intelligence that might lead to exposure of terror links and plans. The US began watching hundreds of international companies and organizations, including in countries closely allied to the US, to discover security weaknesses in cell phone technology and exploit for surveillance. The covert operation, AURORAGOLD monitored the content of messages of more than 1,200 email accounts associated with major cell phone network operators.”
These views very clearly indicate that Vikram Sood was very much motivated by the American style of using TECHINT with innovative and synchronized modifications while Chanakya’s traditional and ancient TECHINT philosophy was already there at the back of his mind.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that with both Chanakya’s ancient philosophy of deceit and conspiracies and Americans’ latest and innovative intelligence formulas, Vikram Sood established the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO), a hi-tech spy wing modeled on the US National Security Agency (NSA), which is considered as one of the biggest intelligence shake-ups in India since 1968, when RAW was formed. Some reports suggest that he headquartered this NTRO Wing of RAW in Nepal to keep it out of the notice of foreign intelligence services and to keep a low profile with regard to India’s TECHINT affairs. Investigations indicate that this was the major step in RAW’s replicated headquartering in Nepal that exists till today.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that prior to embarking upon special ventures in Nepal and before transforming RAW’s Nepal set up into agency’s mini headquarters over there, Vikram Sood went through the reports of RAW, suggesting that Nepal’s King Birendra had expressed deep displeasure of growing RAW activities in Nepal and use of Nepalese soil for illegitimate operations against foreign countries by RAW. To fix this problem forever and to convey a very strong message to all the RAW opponent in all quarters of Nepal, Vikram Sood, orchestrated a high voltage conspiracy. Under this conspiracy, RAW first honey trapped Crown Prince Dipendra through a Mumbai-based-honey bee of RAW and later through this girl, motivated Prince to kill his entire family to become King. So in June, 2001, Prince Dipendra killed his father’ the King of Nepal, along with some eight other members of the Royal family while he himself died in hospital later. After this extreme act of terror, organized by RAW, no one ever emerged from Nepal to resist any Indian activity, especially the activities of RAW and Sood as well as his successors till todate, have been enjoying smooth operational atmosphere in Nepal.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that the Hindutva Brotherhood brought a, then, young and budging journalist Rishi Kumar Mishra (R K Mishra) to B Raman, Vikram Sood, Ajit Doval and Sanjeev Tripathi Network. It is said that all the members of the above mentioned network, used RK Mishra’s services to the maximum in their respective areas and tenures until his death in 2009.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that R K Misahra began his career as a journalist in Kolkata and worked with Vishwamitra, India’s first newspaper to be published simultaneously from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur and Patna. He also worked with Navbharat Times and Lokamanya, leading Hindi dailies of those times. He rose rapidly in the profession, and at the age of 27 became the editor of Lokamanya. He was the first Indian to become the editor of a daily newspaper at such a young age. He later on moved to Delhi to work with Patriot, English daily – where he later became the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the group’s publications – Patriot and Link magazine. In the seventies, after Mishra was introduced to Hindutva network of Doval, Sood, Tripathy and B Raman, these publications, suddenly indelible impact on the country’s political life and wielded profound influence on decision-makers.
These investigations indicate that in the early 90s, the above mentioned Network arranged finances to establish a think tank with the name of the Observer Research Foundation, where later many RAW and IB officers would get accommodated in their respective post-retirement tenures. This Think Tank was, like many others, founded through secret revenue resources, to keep retired senior RAW officers and top IB officials at platform from where they could deliver even in the post-retirement eras. Vikram Sood, like many other ex-RAW and IB officers, is attached to this Think Tank; Observer Research Foundation till to date. From this platform, Sood has been delivering a lot to dent Pakistan and Pakistanis even after completing his official innings.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that while serving at RAW’s Pakistan Desk as Joint Secretary of Area One, and even before that, Vikram Sood used the services of RK Mishra to penetrate into Pakistani media and took this plan to new horizons after assuming duties as RAW Chief later.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that in the beginning, Vikram Sood started buying the loyalties of certain unscrupulous individuals in Pakistani print media while he later implemented the plan of mushroom growth of electronic media in Pakistan that would either be depending solely on covert foreign financial aid, coupled with dependence on mega advertisement campaigns from multinational companies. He introduced an official RAW policy of manipulating the multinational companies, having consumer market of their products in both Pakistan and India and forcing them to follow a RAW-laid mechanism of releasing advertisements of their products to Pakistani media, especially the electronic media. A disobedience to this mechanism by any multinational company would land itself into multifaceted troubles in India. This part of Sood’s idea was derived from US formula of using private sector to achieve intelligence goals. This plan would later see the mushroom growth of TV Channels in Pakistan, exactly depending on foreign funding and advertisements from foreign multinational companies for financial survival and made them ever ready to do anything on behest of foreign financers or sponsors. It remains a fact that these financial aids normally come directly or indirectly, mainly from India’s RAW while America’s CIA and British as well as Israeli intelligence establishments also play significant roles in this direction, either through direct funding or via release or squeeze of advertisements by multinational companies. This RAW-made mechanisms is used to grow or kill any media organization in Pakistan and one example is financial gauging of Pakistan’s only English language TV Channel in private sector; Dawn News and thus isolating Pakistan on international stage of English language electronic media. The situation has risen to such an alarming stage that today, around 80% of TV advertisements, running on Pakistani TV Channels are even made by Indian advertising agencies with Indian models or Showbiz celebrities performing in these ads. All such advertisements even go unchecked on State media like Pakistan Television (PTV) let alone private sector. The same project was enhanced with innovations by successive RAW Chiefs like Sanjeev Tripathi etc. The experts term it as a unique and novel way of cultural massacre of a nation that was formed on the basis of having unique cultural and religious identities. On the other side, efforts to buy the services of individuals and media house as whole were never put aside.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that the Vikram Sood’s inspiration of Chanakya’s philosophy and American style operation does not end here. In the early 2000s, when Vikram Sood was in office of RAW Chief and Ajit Doval being at the helm of affairs, first as head of Operations Wing of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and later as its Chief , Pakistan suddenly saw of a mushroom growth in the private Telecom sector as well. A number of international cellular phone operators started operations across Pakistan with a surprising zeal and fervor. This move also had a reasonable backing of Vikram Sood’s US derived inspirations of TECHINT. Delhi had planned the operations in Pakistan through networks of terrorists and the private telecom giants were pushed in such a sudden and lucrative manner that before an appropriate system of issuance of pre-paid connections could have been devised in Pakistan, millions of SIMs had already been secured for future use in terror operators; an issue which today has emerged as a huge challenge for Pakistan in combating terror.
The Daily Mail’s indications also indicate that in that very era, the cellular giants, operating in Pakistan, suddenly started introducing unique packages for users, focusing the youth mainly. The cheapest rate packages for late night till early morning calls later crippled the youth the country in particular. This resulted into slackness of youth during studies at schools, colleges and universities while at also started hurting a lot the performances of the young professionals in the field. It has to be kept in mind that with almost the same companies operating in India as well, never offered similar packages over there. There is no similar practice in any country in the region as well while china being the world’s biggest cellular phone consumers’ country. The investigations indicate that for a handsome period of time, these cellular operators, offering cheap late night call packages, continued to be compensated in India for their losses in revenues via such practices in Pakistan. Many of these cellular giants have either been compensated via their businesses in India and others via direct financial assistances.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that Pakistani security agency intercepted all such moves of RAW to reasonable extents and sent warning and detailed recommendation to prevent these practices, initiated by foreign intelligence agencies, mainly RAW. However, as the top bureaucracy was driven by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz’s obsession for tech boom and President Musharraf’s obsession for more and more expansion of private media, all such warnings and recommendations completely ignored by baboos at Islamabad and these recommendations were thrown in trashcans.
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