Real story of Ravinder Kaushik, the BLACK TIGER. An Indian Spy
Ravinder Kaushik was born in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan in 1952. He was a famous Punjabi theater artist, and won many hearts through his performances. That’s when members of the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, spotted his talent. “It was probably his mono-act in college in which he played an Indian army officer who refused to divulge information to China that caught the attention of intelligence officers,” Ravinder younger brother Rajeshwar Kaushik told Hindustan Times in an interview.
He was contacted and offered a job for being an undercover agent of India in Pakistan. He was recruited by RAW and was given extensive training in Delhi for two years. At the age of 23, Soon after completing his Bachelors in Commerce, Kaushik left for Delhi, entering a world of intrigue and danger. He moved from there to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, ending up in Pakistan, writing letters home every once in a while to let his family know of his whereabouts.
In Pakistan, he converted to Islam, changed his name, married a local girl Amanat, graduated from a law college and finally, became the ultimate insider by entering the Pakistani army. From 1979 to 1983, while in military service, he passed valuable information to RAW, which was of great help to the Indian defence forces. He was given the title of ‘Black Tiger’.
But just when he had infiltrated the inner fortress, his career came to an abrupt halt. In 1983, when he was 29, an Indian agent called Inayat Masiha, caught by Pakistan as he was crossing the border, blew Kaushik’s cover. Masiha arranged to meet with Kaushik in a park, where Pakistan’s intelligence agencies arrested him on charges of espionage and threw him into a Multan jail. He remained there for 18 years.
Kaushik spent the last 16 years of his glorious life in various jails including Mianwali and Sialkot. Due to the poor facilities in the Pakistani jails, he contracted Asthma and TB which turned fatal. After enduring extreme trauma he finally succumbed to a heart disease in the New Central Multan Jail. The finest Indian spy is still buried today behind that jail.
Rajeshwar regrets how his brother’s sacrifice has been ignored, both by the government and the people of our country. The meagre pension they received stopped after both his parents passed away in deep despair. According to Daily Bhaskar, in one of his many secret letters which he managed to send home, Ravinder had written, “Kya Bharat jaise bade desh ke liye kurbani dene waalon ko yahi milta hai?”