Bhola Nath Mullik

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Bhola Nath Mullik
OccupationCivil servant, spymaster
Known forhis service as the director of Intelligence Bureau

Bhola Nath Mullik was an Indian civil servant, spymaster and the second director of the Intelligence Bureau of India (IB).[1][2] He served as the director of IB from July 15, 1950 to October 9, 1964.[3] He was known to be a hardworking official, with close contacts with the then Union government.[4] It was reported that Mullik had been a close associate of Jawaharlal Nehru, the erstwhile Indian prime minister[5] and assisted Nehru to keep a watch on the movements of the relatives of Subhash Chandra Bose in the aftermath of Bose's disappearance in 1945.[6] It was on his advice, that Nehru ordered for the establishment of Special Frontier Force (SFF) (also known as Establishment 22) for defending against the Chinese army in the Sino-Indian War of 1962.[7] The Government of India awarded him Padma Bhushan, the third highest Indian civilian award, in 1964.[8]

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  1. ^ Anne F. Thurston; Gyalo Thondup (16 April 2015). The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong: The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet. Ebury Publishing. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-1-4481-7596-3.
  2. ^ "A spy and a gentleman". Kashmir Sentinel. January 3, 2003. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  4. ^ Paul Maddrell; Christopher Moran; Mark Stout, Ioanna Iordanou (1 February 2018). Spy Chiefs: Volume 2: Intelligence Leaders in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Georgetown University Press. pp. 268–. ISBN 978-1-62616-523-6.
  5. ^ Sinha, S. K. (October 20, 2012). "The guilty men of '62". The Asian Age. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  6. ^ "Intelligence Bureau didn't believe Netaji died in 1945 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  7. ^ Sanyal, Amitava (2009-11-14). "The curious case of establishment 22". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards". Padma Awards. Government of India. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-17.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rajeswar, T. V., (2016). India : the crucial years. New Delhi: Harper Collins. p. 296. ISBN 9789351772866. OCLC 921977922.

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Preceded by
T. G. Sanjeevi Pillai
Director of the Intelligence Bureau
(July 15, 1950–October 9, 1964
Succeeded by
S. P. Verma