So, how many of you have heard about the founder of RAW? Well, most of you have heard about R.N. Kao, who is named as the founder of RAW and is known as one of the legendary Spymaster. R.N. Kao, also known as Rameshwar Nath Kao is one of the most popular spymasters who gives birth to the Research and Analysis Wing of India. Here you will have some of the most interesting facts about R.N. Kao that you might not have read before.
Interesting Facts About R.N. Kao
- Rameshwar Nath Kao was a Kashmiri Pandit by birth that moved to Varanasi as a result of immigration from Srinagar.
- He joined Indian Police Service (that time Indian Imperial police) from UP Cadre in the year 1940.
- Post-Independence, he was given the responsibility to nearly form Intelligence Bureau.
- At the time, Late Jawahar Lal Nehru was designated as the Prime Minister of India, R.N. Kao was given the task of PM’s Protection.
- During the first visit of Queen’s India visit in the early 1950’s R.N. Kao was assigned the head of her security.
Weird Incident: At the time when Queen was attending a function in Mumbai, Kao was handling the entire security. During the event, Kao witnessed a bouquet being flown on the Queen. In the suspicion of a bomb, Kao takes a dive and caught the bouquet. Seeing this incident, the Queen remarked the Rameshwar Nath Kao as “Good Cricket”.
- It was the time of post-2nd World War when India experienced the need for a security agency and intelligence wing. As a result, the RAW was formed and Rameshwar Nath Kao was made its chief.
- At the time RAW was being originated, then PM Indira Gandhi along with Rameshwar Nath Kao selected more 250 personnel with a total budget of about 2 Crore.
- Being headed by Kao, the RAW agents and its operatives were known as KaoBoys.
- The role of RAW is incomparable in Liberation of Bangladesh and Rameshwar Nath Kao played a vital role in the successful execution of the entire operation.
- In the year 1973, when Sikkim was struggling for selecting the right country to merge into, then Sikkim PM urged India to add the country in India. But the situation was critical as the Royal Guards of Sikkim were against this action. This was the support and hidden operations of KaoBoys that helped the Indian Army to add Sikkim in India.
- Rameshwar Nath Kao resigned from the RAW when PM Moraji Desai leaked the sensitive data of RAW that even resulted in his death. R.N. Kao then left the RAW and never joined it back again.
- After PM Indira Gandhi returned back to Power, Rameshwar Nath Kao was called in the intelligence circuit and hence he founded National Security Guards. He later served in the same position with PM Rajiv Gandhi.
- Finally, in the year 1989, Rameshwar Nath Kao was retired from his services, but he continues his services for the cause of Kashmiri Pandit.
- Post-retirement, R.N. Kao lived a completely private life. He lived such a private life that only TWO photos were clicked after his retirement.
- Rameshwar Nath Kao died in 2002, leaving the country with his remarkable skills and knowledge that he shared with his team.