Ajit Doval has earned himself fans across India in the past six to seven years as the National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. An expert par excellence on Pakistan, North East and Kashmir related issues, Doval is also well experienced in dealing with China and its devious plans of global expansionism. While the world is only coming to know of China’s reality now, India’s National Security Adviser was aware of the paper dragon’s ambitions for years. This further adds to the many reasons why the current Indian NSA is the best man to deal with China at a time when it is refusing to retreat from Eastern Ladakh.
The Hindustan Times reported that before he became National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ajit Doval as Director of VIF think-tank wrote a seminal paper published on July 3, 2013, titled “Chinese Intelligence: From a Party Outfit to Cyber Warriors.” The paper by Doval comprehensively explains Chinese infiltration into the Dalai Lama establishment in Dharmshala and the Chinese intelligence agency – Ministry of State Security’s (MSS) support for anti-India North-East insurgent groups with the help of Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). It also reveals that the Chinese agency and its lackeys kept a close watch on Indian Army activities on the border with Tibet.
While it took India a bloody clash with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army to finally realise the tremendous threats posed to the country by Beijing, NSA Ajit Doval was cautious all along. Therefore, it is not as if India was completely oblivious to the China threat. Keeping in mind China’s demented ambitions for South Asia, NSA Doval has been working silently towards raising India’s capabilities of taking on the middle kingdom. It is for the very same reason that since PM Modi’s entered office in 2014, border infrastructure along the LAC has picked up an unprecedented pace. High-quality roads, bridges and other infrastructure have been, and continue to be developed all along the de facto Indo-Tibet border at a breakneck pace.
In his 2013 paper, Ajit Doval had concluded this, saying, “It (MSS) continues to bank heavily on Chinese global diaspora that provides it a vast catchment area for human assets for intelligence gathering and espionage. To widen its catchment area, it is expanding its illegal cover for intelligence gathering for using commercial companies and business houses, media agencies, Chinese banks etc. Establishment of nearly 380 Confucius Institutes in 180 countries, Chinese language institutes etc. also are part of its foreign intelligence activities. China envisions for itself a big power role and, silently but steadily, is building up its intelligence capabilities commensurate to that vision.”
In fact, as reported by TFIGlobal recently, close to 1.95 million registered CCP members have infiltrated defence firms, consulates, tech firms, automobile giants, banks, pharma majors and media firms around the world. These CCP workers would have been lobbying for China’s interests across the world by infiltrating consulates and political systems, not to mention corporates across a range of sectors. They would have been making China rich by either stealing Intellectual Property of the Western world or by encouraging multinational corporates to choose China over other options in terms of trade and investment.
This is precisely what was stated by Ajit Doval in 2013 itself. Doval’s extensive knowledge about the Chinese psyche and the CCP’s global operations make the man an asset to India, particularly at a time when the nation is locked in a tense and escalatory military standoff with the paper dragon. During the Doklam standoff with China, Ajit Doval is said to be the one responsible for India receiving a favourable outcome and forcing China to retreat. As such, during the ongoing standoff too, Doval has proven himself to be the ‘Indian James Bond’ every citizen is looking up to.