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Who is Ravindra Kaushik?
Ravindra Kaushik was the real-life spy known as “Black Tiger” (The title “Black Tiger” was given by India’s then-home minister S.B. Chavan.) who was famous for espionage in Pakistan between 1975–1983.
Personal Life of Ravindra Kaushik
Earlier life of Ravindra Kaushik
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
Ravindra Kaushik was Born and brought up in Sriganganagar, a border town in Rajasthan, After his schooling, he attended a private college, SD Bihani College, in Sri Ganganagar. While in college, Ravindra developed a skill for acting and started participating in plays and dramas. Once, he was performing in a play in Lucknow, he was approached by a RAW Officer to join RAW. Ravindra accepted it and join the RAW.
After completing his graduation in Commerce, he went to Delhi. During his training, he had to learn Urdu and the customs of Pakistan.
Operation Black Tiger
In 1975, Kaushik was sent to Pakistan on a mission. He converted to Islam and was given the name “Nabi Ahmed Shakir”. To show him a pure Muslim, Sunnat (circumcision) was also performed on Kaushik. In Pakistan he took admitted to Karachi University and completed his LLB, Ravindra Kaushik was inducted into the Pakistan Army where he became an Auditor in the Military Accounts Department of the Pakistan Army.
He becomes a Major. Ravindra Kaushik soon came into contact with Amanat, they got married and later they have a son Areeb Ahmed Khan who died. In 2012-2013. In 1979, he carried out major operations, Up to 1983, Kaushik transmitted several valuable information (Atomic plants, Army reforms) to RAW.
It was all going well with Kaushik until 1983 when his cover was inadvertently blown out by another Indian agent called Inayat Masiha; who was a low-level operative and soon caught by Pakistan as he was crossing the border. During interrogation, Inayat Masiha broke down and revealed his purpose. He identified Black Tiger and Kaushik was arrested immediately on charges of espionage.
At that time, Kaushik was 29 years old. Kaushik was then captured, tortured for two years at an interrogation center in Sialkot.
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Why did India not claim the body of Ravindra Kaushik?
In 1985, Kaushik was awarded the death sentence. However, in 1990, it was converted into a life term. He was kept in various jails in Pakistan including Sialkot and Kot Lakhpat; where he spent the last 18 years of his life.
He had spent 26 years of his life away from his family and home in unfavorable conditions. He was buried behind the Central Jail in Multan. During his imprisonment, Kaushik secretly sent out half a dozen letters to his family; telling them of the barbarism he was subjected to. In a letter, he asked:
“Kya Bharat jaise bade desh ke liye kurbani dene waalon ko yahi milta hai?”
In another letter, just three days before his death, Ravindra Kaushik wrote a bitter note:
“Had I been an American, I would have been out of this jail in three days.”
Since 1987, Ravindra Kaushik’s younger brother, Rajeshwarnath Kaushik, and his mother, Amladevi, had written several letters to various Indian officials to rescue Ravindra Kaushik from Pakistan. However, they couldn’t get help from any of them. His mother, Amladevi, had also written a letter to the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in which she wrote-
“Had he not been exposed, Kaushik would have been a senior army officer of the Pakistan government by now and (continued in) the coming years (serving India secretly).”
Since a year following his death, his family has been trying to get Indians to acknowledge the sacrifice he had made for his country.
Speaking to The Telegraph, his brother R.N. Kaushik had said:
We don’t want money. What we want from the government is recognition of the contribution by agents as they are the real foundation of the security system… If the government can honour people in uniform, why hesitate about undercover operatives?
Amladevi had written to several other BJP leaders, including L.K. Advani and Jaswant Singh, but her family has till date not gotten any benefit due to government servants, not even a pension. All they get is a monthly allowance of Rs 500.
Let’s just hope that the movie does justice to the great man’s legendary, yet tragic life.
The Black Tiger Ravindra Kaushik Wife of RAW Agent ( Black Tiger)
Ravindra Kaushik soon came into contact with Amanat, they got married. during his mission, he never told her about his actual profession.
The Black Tiger Ravindra Kaushik Movie
- Salman Khan’s Bollywood movie “Ek Tha Tiger” released in 2012 was loosely based on his story and asked for credit in the movie titles for Ravindra.
- The real story of Ravindra Kaushik, the Indian spy played by John Abraham in ‘Romeo Akbar Walter’
- Adrishya Web series has also documented the biography on Ravindra Kaushik.
- Salman Khan to play Indian spy Ravindra Kaushik in his next film.
Facts about Ravindra Kaushik
- Ravindra Kaushik is also named Black Tiger and he is a powerful Raw agent being the raw agent in Pakistan.
- Ravindra Kaushik was caught by the Pakistan army and left his last breath in Pakistan jail at the age of 23.
- Ravindra Kaushik joined an Indian Intelligence agent and he came in front to go to Pakistan as a spy while others refused it he changes his name to Nabi Ahmed Shakir and learned Urdu and turned as a Muslim and went to Pakistan.
- Ravindra Kaushik did Law course at a university in Pakistan and joined the Pakistan army and changed to the Islamic religion.
- Ravindra Kaushik also married a Pakistani girl and gives the information to the Indian Army from 1979 to 1983 he gave the information to India as a Raw agent every time when Pakistan made an attempt plans on India he used to send the information to India unfortunately he was caught to the Pakistan army by the mistake of another secret agent even his wife don’t know he is an Indian raw agent.
- After he was caught he was kept in jail for 16 years and forced for Indian secrets even he didn’t say any secrets about India and was honored as an Indian Black tiger Up to his death.
- Ravindra Kaushik believed that the Indian government will save him but he died of Tuberculosis.
- The bollywood movie “Ek Tha Tiger” was loosely based on his story and asked for credit in the movie titles for Ravindra.
- Salman Khan to play Indian spy Ravindra Kaushik in his next film.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Question: What happened to Ravindra Kaushik’s wife and son?Answer: Only Amanat is surviving From his family.Question: Who was Ravindra Kaushik?Answer: Ravindra Kaushik was the real-life spy known as “Black Tiger” (The title “Black Tiger” was given by India’s then-home minister S.B. Chavan.) who was famous for espionage in Pakistan between 1975–1983.