Essay

Integrity & intelligence

Print edition : May 29, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi with Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Patel's abuse of the Intelligence Bureau is well documented in his correspondence. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

B.N. Mullik. He succeeded T.G. Sanjeevi as the second Director of the I.B. in independent India. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

V.K. Krishna Menon, during his days as High Commissioner for India in London. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Maloy Krishna Dhar. He freely confessed to his own lapses in his book "Open Secrets".

Indira Gandhi. Under her prime ministership, the country reportedly became a hotbed for KGB activities. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

L.K. Advani during the Somnath-Ayodhya rath yatra in the run-up to the demolition of the Babri Masjid. According to Maloy Krishna Dhar, Advani was aware of the plans to demolish the historical structure. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

No intelligence service can perform well if its political masters lack the integrity which alone can inspire it to act straight.
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