The story of “India’s biggest betrayal” goes back all the way to 1970s, when Morarji Desai had finally managed to fulfill his long cherished dream of becoming the PM.
The geopolitical situation back then was highly volatile, since Pakistan was desperately trying to develop nuclear weapons
Interestingly, our RAW officers (who were operating as spies in various parts of Pakistan) had already managed to find out details of how and where exactly their nuclear weapon was developed.
As per protocol, RAW approached the then PM Desai to seek approval of funds for a covert operation through which they could bribe some of the moles in Pakistan in exchange for the complete blueprint of their nuclear project, which could then be used by Bharat to its advantage.
But to the utter surprise of RAW officials, Morarji Desai rebuked them for “poking their nose unnecessarily into other countries” and ordered them to follow Gandhian ideology of peace with neighbors.
Next day, like a typical Gandhian, Desai called up the President of Pakistan, and in the pretext of following “honesty is the best policy”, revealed all the info he had received from RAW, and even went on to disclose about Bharat’s network operating as spies in Pakistan!
As expected, the Pakistan President thanked Morarji profusely for the tip-off, and then went on to carry out one of the biggest huntdowns in the history of intelligence operations.
Over the next few months, Pakistan Army traced and caught every Bharatiya RAW officer (who worked as spies), and brutally tortured them to death.
That’s how Morarji Desai, in his obsession with Gandhian ideologies, betrayed the whole nation by sacrificing the entire spy network of RAW, which in turn weakened our national security, leading to the Kashmiri Pandits exodus in a decade.
Finally, Pakistan was so grateful to Morarji Desai that they actually went on to honour him with Pakistan’s highest award “Nishan-e-Pakistan” in 1990.
(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread of @oyevivekk)
Readers can also refer to this article by Uday Mahurkar to learn more about how PM Desai betrayed our intelligence operations. A similar betrayal was carried out 20 years later by PM Inder Kumar Gujral, possibly due to a similar mistaken sense of morality, or maybe shared Punjabiyat.