It’s not often that former spymasters of two countries that have fought three major wars collaborate on a project. So, when ex-ISI chief Muhammad Asad Durrani and ex-RAW chief AS Dulat sat down for a conversation, it resulted in a treasure trove of anecdotes and insight on India and Pakistan’s fraught history and the way forward.
The conversation, moderated by senior journalist Aditya Sinha, is part of a new book titled The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace. In the book, the two former spy chiefs discuss obvious topics such as Kashmir and surgical strikes, and some unspoken ones like moles and double agents.
Here’s a look at some of them:
“Modi did more in his first two years for India-Pakistan relations than his predecessor”
This remark was made by former RAW chief AS Dulat while comparing the foreign policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh. Dulat says that Singh’s heart was in the right place, but he wasn’t encouraged to bridge the differences between India and Pakistan by his bureaucracy. Read More…