An intelligence officer who wielded the pen with equal ease

Dhar,a former joint director of Intelligence Bureau,had a formidable reputation as a strategic expert and was a prolific writer

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 21, 2012 1:09 am

Celebrated intelligence officer Maloy Krishna Dhar passed away on Saturday evening after a month-long battle with bad health that had started with a stroke and got compounded by renal and multi-organ failure. He was 73. Dhar,a former joint director of Intelligence Bureau,had a formidable reputation as a strategic expert and was a prolific writer.

Born on July 13,1939 in Mymensingh,now in Bangladesh,Dhar joined the Indian Police Service in 1964 and spent almost his entire career — close to 30 years — in the Intelligence Bureau,handling some of the most turbulent events of the times like the Khalistan movement and Nagaland crisis. He was in-charge of the terrorism desk for years,and investigated the infamous ISRO spy case.

After retirement,Dhar had taken to writing. He authored several books and had a blog on which he wrote his views on strategic matters,and politics.

“Maloy Krishna Dhar is not a man to be mourned and cried over. His life is one to be celebrated and learned from. Dying is a biological inevitability,but what matters is what one does with the time one is allotted. On that count,my father led a life so full and so eventful that his life itself could make for a bestselling book like the ones he authored,” Dhar’s son,Mainak Dhar,wrote on his blog.

Dhar’s biggest success as a writer came in the form of Open Secrets: India’s Intelligence Unveiled,an insider account of the intelligence establishment and the kind of pressures that come to bear on it in discharge of its duties. The book generated an intense debate and remained the number one non-fiction bestseller for several months. His

other books included We The People of India:

A Story of Gangland Democracy’ and ‘Operation XXX,a fictional story of a deep cover agent that many believed was part autobiographical.

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