Reuters wrings its hands over this, of course, but Muslims in India, just like Muslims everywhere else, cannot provide any reliable way to tell an adherent of the jihad ideology from someone who abhors that ideology. Of course there are traitors among all groups, but would the Indian government really be wise to admit Muslims uncritically into its spy service when there is such a large international group of Muslims who have nothing but contempt for the concept of loyalty to the nation state, and who do not hesitate to practice deception in the service of subverting those nation states? By Simon Denyer for Reuters, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
NEW DELHI, Nov 6 (Reuters) – There are scarcely any Muslims working in India’s 10,000-strong external intelligence agency, and neither Muslims nor Sikhs working as bodyguards for the country’s top leaders, according to officials and media reports.
Mainly Hindu but officially secular India has its first Sikh prime minister, Manmohan Singh, but his community is not trusted enough to guard him, according to Outlook magazine this week.
The magazine said India’s minority Muslims were not trusted by the security apparatus because of fears they could sympathise with the country’s mainly Muslim neighbour and long-time foe Pakistan.
It said none had been recruited by the country’s external spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), since 1969.
The domestic Intelligence Bureau (IB) had decided to recruit Muslims in the l990s, Outlook said, but the organisation still only had a “handful” of Muslim officers.
A government spokesman declined to comment on the report.
An intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Outlook was wrong to say there were no Muslims in RAW but right to say there were scarcely any.
Nor were there any working as bodyguards in the Special Protection Group (SPG) assigned to protecting current and former prime ministers and their families, he said.
“It is an unwritten rule in the SPG that they cannot recruit a Muslim or a Sikh,” he told Reuters.
A.S. Dulat, who served as RAW chief from 1999 to 2000, said he did not recall coming across any Muslims in the organisation but could not confirm the Outlook report.
“If we do not have any Muslims obviously this is a handicap,” he told Reuters. “If there are no Muslims, there must have been a reluctance to take them in. It is also not easy to find that many Muslims.”…
“The need for Muslim officers in intelligence-gathering is acute,” another former RAW chief, Girish Chandra Saxena, was quoted as saying. “There are very few people who have knowledge of Urdu or Arabic. The issue has to be addressed.”
India is not alone in failing to recruit Muslims to the top levels of its security and intelligence apparatus.
America’s Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are still reportedly struggling to recruit Arabic, Urdu and Farsi speakers five years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.