B. Raman

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Bahukutumbi Raman
Born (1936-08-14)14 August 1936
Died 16 June 2013(2013-06-16) (aged 76)
Cause of death Cancer
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Loyola College, Chennai
Spying career
Allegiance  India
Service R&AW
Active 1968-1994[1]

Bahukutumbi Raman (14 August 1936 – 16 June 2013)[2], also referred to as B. Raman, was an Additional Secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of India and one-time head of the counter-terrorism division of the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.[3] Until his death in 2013, he was the director of the Institute for Topical Studies, Chennai. B. Raman was also a contributor to the South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG). As a former intelligence official, B. Raman regularly wrote about security, counter-terrorism and military issues regarding India and South Asia. He was considered one of India's foremost security experts.[4]


Raman was an IPS officer of the 1961 batch who served for a time in the Madhya Pradesh cadre before deputation to the Intelligence Bureau in New Delhi. There, he was soon noticed by India’s spymaster, R.N. Kao, who took him to the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) when it was formed in 1968. From very early on in his career, Raman displayed an unwavering commitment to his work. This, along with his vast knowledge and the ability to recall details of events even after the passage of decades made him a near ideal intelligence officer. These rare qualities prompted Kao and many of his successors to entrust Raman with some of the very sensitive tasks that the R&AW undertook.[5]

Having been one of the few surviving officers who were a witness to the creation of R&AW during 1968 by R.N. Kao, his analysis on Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and China have been an asset to the intelligence community. Raman was the author of a memoir he wrote of his days in the R&AW titled Kaoboys of R&AW - Down Memory Lane.

Life and death[edit]

Raman was a bachelor. He lived alone since 1963 with a domestic assistant, except for a few years spent taking care of his aged mother, Alamelu Ammal.[6]

Raman died in Chennai on 16 June 2013 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 77. He is survived by his elder brother, Bahukutumbi Srinivasa Raghavan and two elder sisters, B. Shakuntala and Prof. B. Rajalakshmi, as well as Shakuntala's daughters, Prof. Rama G. and Dr. Mira G.[7]


  1. ^ B Raman. "About Me". Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Mr. B. Raman Passes Away". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  3. ^ Bahukutumbi Raman. The Intelligence Summit
  4. ^ B Raman, one of RAW founders, passes away, The Indian Express, 17 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Remembering a perfect spy". thehindu.com. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Living with Cancer". theopenmagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Bahukutumbi Raman, One of the Founders of RAW, Died at 77". Jagranjosh.com. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 

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