New Delhi: Since Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger has flagged its success, and the very reason why the film has done well at the box office is Salman’s character as an investigative agency cop. Though, the movie has been highly appreciated all around and was also banned in Pakistan, people have seen how these spy perform their duties with such intense pressure on them, but the movie doesn’t show the apathy of those off-screen spying agents who go through a lot of pain.
This would only be termed as a nightmare that those who serve the nation as spy agent in the neighbouring country's jails for 30 to 35 years, suffer heavy losses. People don’t even recognise them. To add to the adversity, the agencies who send them there, they only forget to ask their well being. The agencies also forget the promises that they make to these spying agents when they go for cross border detection.
While training these spying agents for the work in Pakistan jails, these officers make a number of promises to these men sitting in an enclosed air conditioned room. They guarantee these agents that their families would be provided the best accommodation, education to children and other basic needs and facilities but in vain.
These agents suffer more pain when they are caught by the other nation's cops. They are even denied the recognition by their home agency. This denial of recognition may be termed as a part of the spying plan but denying those promises which have been made to the spy, is not humanity.
This shows how rigid they are when they do not feel the pain of the family who is left without their loved family member once he is sent on a mission.
The truth is, top Indian spying agencies hire the young men from the villages that fall near the Indo-Pak borders and train them giving fake promises. These men are given such offers that a common man finds it hard to refuse. This is where the ‘bad-game’ of these spying agencies begin.
The pathetic situation of these men can be understood by the fact that top officials even demand their share of feast from the spy's small earning. And if unluckily the agent denies, then these agents inform the other country about his being there.
Salaman’s Ek Tha Tiger has been skirted around Ravindra Kaushik's life who was such a spying agent only. He was trapped in Pakistan’s Mianwala Jail. Ravindra, without bothering his life, served India whole heartedly. Kaushik, who served the nation for about 20 odd years, belonged to Ganganagar of Rajasthan. He was sent to Pakistan by India’s top investigative agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) in the year 1973.
Kaushik, was sent to Pakistan after training where he did the studies of Law and joined the Pakistan Armed forces as clerk. While he served the Pakistan Army, he also served the RAW with confidential reports of the Pakistan Army. Kaushik who worked as spy in Pakistan for 10 years, delivered a number of reports to India which leaked a number of weaknesses of the Pakistan Army.
Ravindra was named as 'Black Tiger' by RAW and with this Tiger’s incredible works, even the Pakis, feared a great deal. Not just this, Ravindra got married to the daughter of a top Pakistan Army official and settled in Pakistan only before his curtains were raised in 1983 after ten years of dedicated service. Showing a true character, the Indian denied Pakistan’s offer when he was asked to spy against India. After a number of attempts to trap him, the Pakistan government sent him to jail.
On the other hand, with Kaushik's arrest, the Indian government denied any connection with him and when Pakistan tried to send his body to India after his death, the Indians said that they won't take it and that he should be buried in Pakistan only.
It is not just a story of one Ravindra Kaushik, but many more lie there like him who have proved their mettle by serving the nation with fruitful information about Pakistan but were denied any kind of help whenever they asked for.
Even today, the investigative agencies pick these young men from near-the-border villages and train them for the worst. These young men are shown great dreams and then the reality awaits the next corner if not far. The deals with these agents include financial support along with government jobs but they hardly get any of them.
These spying agents are categorised in three different classes. The resident Spy, who has to be in the other country for spying and even has to get the citizenship of that country. The second ones are those who work as carrier. And the third ones work as guides who take these spies to the places where they have to perform their duties.
There is one such village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur where each family has had one or more spy agent from there. But they have denied doing it after seeing the disastrous condition of their family members. They have seen that how these families suffer heavy financial losses when their young members are sent for spying. They have seen how their beloved wait for death to arrive in the other country’s jails and then when they die, India refuses to take their dead bodies.
The Indian Spying agencies prepare these tigers, but forget to ask about them when they grow old. They don’t even try to release them once they are caught. This would surely be termed as betrayal of these agencies that their agents strive for a good life. At least these agencies should ascertain that once these spies are caught, their families should be taken good care of.