Ace journalist Mihir Boses’s book on Bhagat Ram Talwar aka Silver, the man who deceived Netaji, is capturing the attention of Indophiles and Christmas shoppers in Britain. Silver has remained enigmatic in the history of India’s independence, but the new book reveals the many avatars he took on as he spied for five countries while double crossing Netaji….writes Asian Lite News
Silver, The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis, the Most Remarkable Agent of the Second World War, by senior journalist Mihir Bose, former BBC sports editor, throws light on the improbable career of Talwar aka “Silver.”
Silver was the codename given to Mr Talwar by Peter Fleming, brother of Ian, creator of James Bond, who during the war ran D (Deception) Division in Delhi. Mr Talwar, a Hindu Pathan, was born and grew up in the then North West Frontier Province of British India. It is now part of Pakistan.
“He was a Hindu Pathan who lived very amicably with the Muslim majority in the North West Frontier province and could successfully pose as a Muslim,” said Mr Bose. “He operated between Peshawar and Kabul, and was the only quintuple spy of the Second World War, spying for the Germans, the Italians, the Japanese, the Russians and the British.
“He fooled the Germans so successfully that they gave him £2.5 million and the Iron Cross. Although he worked for the Axis powers, he was a communist and the moment Hitler invaded Russia in June 1941 he contacted the Russians and told them everything. A few months later they told the British about him and he eventually came under the control of Peter Fleming, brother of Ian Fleming, author of the Bond books, and became part of the most amazing spy operation of the war.
“Between 1941 and 1945 he made twelve journeys from Peshawar to Kabul, all on foot, carrying false information for the Germans. How he became a spy is itself amazing. His first journey to Kabul had been made escorting Subhas Bose from India to the Afghan capital as the Indian nationalist leader sought the help of the Axis powers to free India. Bose had nominated Silver as his agent and this is how his spying career began. However Bose never discovered that Silver was double crossing him. And Silver never admitted the truth. After Indian independence he could not admit that he had spied for the British and how he had betrayed Subhas Bose.
“In 1976 he even wrote a book repeating the lie that he had helped Bose and only spied for the Axis powers but completely concealing his work for the British and the Russians. With Silver a member of the communist party the book was an official publication of the Communist party of India and was publicised as the CPI’s great contribution to India’s freedom. This was important because after Russia became involved in the war the communists changed their stance on the war and supported the British war effort, denouncing Bose as a stooge of the Axis powers.
“They also worked against Mahatma Gandhi’s call for the British to Quit India and supported the British authorities as they crushed India’s freedom movement. ”
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