About Shishir Gupta

Shishir Gupta, deputy executive editor with the Hindustan Times, is the author of book ‘Indian Mujahideen : The Enemy Within’. Gupta has a bird’s eye view of Indian politics and how it impacts on the formulation of national strategy.

A day before the twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad on February 21, the Multi-Agency Center, under the Intelligence Bureau and tasked with collating, analyzing and disseminating threats to India, sent out an alert to all states including Andhra Pradesh. [Read more]

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A day before the 150th anniversary of the Indian police was being celebrated at the Chanakyapuri Sports Complex in Delhi on December 8, a top officer of elite National Security Guards (NSG) met his counterpart in Intelligence Bureau, the organizers of the event, to say it would be very difficult of the Black Cats Commandos to perform a slithering operation from a Mi-17 helicopter–similar to 26/11 operations–as there were far too many trees and it was windy too. The Intelligence Bureau Special Director looked askance at the NSG officer and said does his force wait for ideal conditions before launching a counter-terror operation. [Read more]

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What is common between Abu Hurera, Abu Qahafa, Abu Al Qama, Abu Usman and Abu Jundal except for the fact that they all have an Arab honorific Abu and belong to dreaded Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist group based in Pakistan? [Read more]

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Already beleaguered and wracked by infighting, India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has been a subject of much mirth in the sub-continent this month after the five Pakistanis it identified as infiltrating terrorists turned out to small time businessmen and a security guard from Lahore. [Read more]

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Unlike her husband and former US president Bill Clinton, who administrated a sugar coated pill to Indian Parliamentarians post-Pokhran on non-proliferation, CTBT and dialogue with Pakistan in March 2001, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton does not mince words or believe in diplomatic parlance of the bygone era. [Read more]

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