By Sunil Kumar

In 2012, movies are unleashed on us. A mega marketing blitzkreig, 3300 screens to maximize revenue. The movie industry touches on every known cliche in the book, to create maximum visibility. Spy thrillers have always been calls to the wild side, seeking adventure on the movie screen.

But, what happens to the real patriot? Should we be impervious to the true hero? The soldier should not be forgotten in the war, even though the generals hog the credit. Salman Khan’s “Ek Tha Tiger” may have all the ingredients for a masala blockbuster, but the man whose life this movie is based on should not be forgotten so soon by an ungrateful nation, especially politicians.

Ravinder Kaushik was born in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan in the year 1952.He was a good theater artist. During a national level drama presentation he came in contact with RAW, the Indian intelligence agency. He completed his graduation at the age of 23. After graduation Ravinder Kaushik Joined  RAW( The Research & Analysis Wing).

In 1983 he was caught and sentenced to death for spying. Later his death sentence was converted to life time imprisonment. India had already fought with Pakistan and China. Stung by the comprehensive defeat in 1971, the country was preparing for another war against India. When  the Indian army got this information, they sent Ravinder Kaushik to Pakistan as an Indian Spy with the help of RAW.

There Ravindra Kaushik took admission in Law College and completed his graduation in Law and then after learned Urdu also. After completing graduation, he joined Pakistani Army as an officer and went up being promoted to the rank of ‘Major’.. He fell in love with a local Pakistani girl and married her. In Pakistan he spied with new name Nabi Ahmed. He was the ‘Black Tiger’ of RAW . Some say he was rewarded by India’s then home minister S.B. Chavan while others testify that the title was conferred by then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

He was in the Pakistan Army from 1979 to 1983 and during this tenure, he dispatched valuable information to RAW which helped the Indian defence mechanism. But unfortunately Ravinder was caught by Pakistan. They put him in jail where he was tortured. In the 1985 he was awarded death sentence which was subsequently converted into life imprisonment.

Kaushik remained in various jails from where he somehow sent letters which revealed the pathetic health condition and the trauma faced by him in Pakistani jails. Ravinder Kaushik spent 18 years in Pakistani jails, where he contracted Asthma and TB. He died on 21 November 2001 in a jail at Mianwali. He was buried behind that jail.

Kudos to the Late Ravindra Kaushik, a real son of India who transformed his true i

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