This is the story of a brave heart and forgotten hero of India was Ravinder Kaushik.
Ravinder Kaushik was born in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan on April 11, 1952. He was a famous theater artist and immense patriot.In one of his mono act , he was playing the role of an Indian Army Officer who refuses to disclose information to China .
That’s when he was ‘spotted’ by the Indian intelligence agency, RAW.He was offered a job of an undercover agent of India in Pakistan.
Ravinder was recruited by RAW and was given extensive training for two years.
He underwent circumcision so he could pass as a Muslim.He also learned Urdu and was made familiar with terrace of Pakistan.In Pakistan, he converted to Islam, changed the name to Nabi Ahmed Shakir, married a local girl, graduated and finally, entered the Pak Army.
He gained access to the Pakistan Army as a civilian clerk and, later on, as a worker in the Military Accounts Department.From 1979 to 1983, while in jobs associated with the military, he passed on valuable information to RAW which was of great help to the Indian govt.
India blocked many Pakistan attempts based on the information received from Kaushik.He was given the title of ‘Black Tiger’ by India’s then home minister S.B. Chavan.
On many occasions Pak prepared to wage war across the Rajasthan borders, but they were foiled due to the advance warning given by him, as he was a senior military officer in Pakistan by now and had access to top secret information.
Ravinder Kaushik revealed the Pakistan Army secret and its intelligence service for 26-long-years.
In Sept 1983, Indian intelligence agencies sent a low level operative, Inyat Masih, to get in touch with Kaushik but he was caught by Pakistan’s agencies and revealed Kaushik’s true identity.Somehow Kaushik ran from there and requested Indian Govt for rescue, but Govt showed no interest in bringing him to India back after knowing the entire incident that took place in Pakistan.
Kaushik was then captured, tortured for two years at an interrogation centre in Sialkot.In jail he was offered to leave without any charge if he discloses secrets of India govt but he refused to say a word.
Kaushik was captured and kept in jails in various cities, and served a life sentence and died on 26 july 1999.In return to 30 years of patriotism, the Indian Government removed all the records related to him.
In one of his last letters he wrote,” Bharat jaise bade desh ke liye kurbani dene waalon ko yahi milta hai?”Just 3 days before his death, he wrote a bitter letter home: “Had I been an American, I would have been out of this jail in three days.”
The only thing that govt dis was providing a pension of just Rs 2000 to his family. The Indian Feed salutes the bravery and courage our forgotten hero.
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