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Indian intelligence: What went wrong?

Indian intelligence: What went wrong?
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First Published: Fri, Dec 05 2008. 12 05 PM IST

Updated: Fri, Dec 05 2008. 12 05 PM IST
Following the terror attacks in Mumbai last week, blame has begun to be pinned on Indian intelligence agencies
for failing in their duty to track various groups. On Just to Clarify, we wanted to look a little beyond this news to examine the role of intelligence agencies in the strategic sphere.
What, speaking a little philosophically, is the exact role of such an agency? Where do its duties begin and end? What are its boundaries, if any? What does it mean when there is, quote unquote, chatter about an upcoming attack?
To answer these questions, we have two guests with us today on Just to Clarify. Our first, Nitin Pai of Bangalore, is the editor of Pragati, a highly regarded monthly newsletter on strategic affairs.
Our second guest is B Raman, an expert on security and anti-terrorism operations. Mr. Raman was head of the Counter-Terrorism Division of the Research & Analysis Wing for six years. He has been a member of various special task forces related to security and intelligence issues, and he is also a prolific writer and speaker on security-related topics.
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First Published: Fri, Dec 05 2008. 12 05 PM IST