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What is the full form of RAW?
RAW is an Indian intelligence agency responsible for national security. The full form of RAW is Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). It is a dedicated agency responsible for foreign intelligence, that earlier was the function of IB (Intelligence Bureau) i.e., IB used to look after both the internal as well as the external intelligence. Headquartered in New Delhi, R&AW was formed on 21 September 1968 on the backdrop of the intelligence failures of Indo- China war (1962) and Indo- Pak war (1965). Since its inception R&AW has been involved in many operations like the Kargil war, operation smiling Buddha, operation cactus, operation blue star, and many counter-insurgency operations.
What is RAW called in Hindi?
RAW in Hindi – अनुसन्धान और विश्लेषण विंग
What is the motto of RAW?
“धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः” – This is in Sanskrit language, meaning that “the law protects when it is protected”.
Who was the first director of RAW?
Rameshwar Nath Kao was the first-ever director of R&AW. The 23rd chief of R&AW Samant Kumar Goel is the current chief. His tenure was extended for 1 year in May 2021.
Who is RAW answerable to?
RAW is only answerable to the Prime Minister of India, and the Joint Intelligence Committee. It does not come under any ministry and is not answerable to the Parliament of India. It is out of the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI).
What does RAW do?
The following are the functions that the R&AW performs:
- It collects foreign intelligence.
- Counter terrorism.
- Guides Indian decision makers.
- Helps in developing India’s strategic interests in international forum.
- Engages in counter proliferation.
- It coordinates with the internal security agencies like IB etc. to ensure the national security by providing them the intelligence about the threat.
FAQ’s on RAW
Ans.) The recruitment in the RAW is done through an internal selection, RAW does not disclose its hiring process and criteria. It recruits employees from different government organizations.
Ans.) RAW is a wing that directly works under the Cabinet Secretariat, and it is only answerable to the Prime Minister of India. The work of RAW is mostly to gather the intelligence and execute the covert operations.
Ans.) RAW agents are mostly selected from the defence forces of India and the selection process is highly confidential.
Ans.) RAW was formed on 21 September 1968 on the backdrop of the intelligence failures of Indo- China war (1962).
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