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A Life in the Shadows

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A.S. Dulat

 

He is one of India’s most successful spymasters, renowned for his methods of engagement and accommodation in handling the Kashmir issue. Dulat, the author of two bestselling books, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years (2014) and The Spy Chronicles: R&AW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace (2018), is sought after for his views on India, Pakistan, and Kashmir. In this unique memoir, Dulat breaks his notorious silence about his personal life, sharing stories from his Partition-bloodied childhood to his experiences as a young intelligence officer, encounters with international spymasters, travels around the world, observations on Kashmir post Article 370, and encounters with world leaders and celebrities. With remarkable honesty, verve, and wit, Dulat provides insights into a life richly lived and observed.

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About the Author

Amarjit Singh Dulat is a former head of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency. After retirement, he was appointed adviser on Kashmir in the Prime Minister’s Office and served there from January 2001 to May 2004. During this time, he accumulated a vast reservoir of goodwill with Kashmiris of all shades. As Jane’s Intelligence Digest put it in 2001, ‘Well known for his social skills, Dulat preferred dialogue to clandestine maneouvers’. In his heyday, Dulat was referred to as ‘Mr Kashmir’.

Dulat was born in Sialkot, Punjab, in December 1940. With India’s partition, his father Justice Shamsher Singh Dulat relocated his family to Delhi. After schooling in Delhi, Simla and Chandigarh, Dulat joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1965, and then the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in 1969, where he served for almost thirty years. At IB he headed the Kashmir Group during the turbulent 1990s till he joined and headed the R&AW.

Dulat’s first book, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years, was published in 2015, followed by The Spy ChroniclesR&AW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace in 2018, which he co-authored with General Asad Durrani, former director-general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.

 

Book Specifications

Title: A Life in the Shadows
Author: A.S. Dulat
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Weight: 470g
Published Year: 2022
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9789356295964
Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 2.3 cm
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