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Josy Joseph of The Hindu reviews The Indian Spy

Posted June 9, 2017

The Hindu

The Indian Spy: The True Story of the Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II Mihir Bose Aleph Book Company ₹599  

Who was Bhagat Ram Talwar? A journalist-writer tells us another fascinating chapter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s life

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is a fascinating, and an unusual, historical figure who combines charisma and mystery, a deadly cocktail that has spurred a flourishing industry of books, essays, documentaries, films and endless discussions. Even seven decades after he disappeared, Bose continues his unusual exuberant journey stoking Indian pride and imagination.

London-based journalist-writer Mihir Bose has played a crucial role in filling the many mysterious gaps and critical information about Netaji ever since his first biography of the freedom fighter came out in the 1980s. His latest book The Indian Spy: The True Story of the Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II was originally published in 2016 in the U.K. as Silver: The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis.

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Review of The Indian Spy in The Sunday Standard, New Delhi

Posted May 28, 2017

The Sunday Standard New Delhi

Stalin’s agent in India – Times of India’s review of the Indian edition of Mihir’s latest book, Silver, the spy who fooled the Nazis

Posted May 13, 2017

Times of India

This is an unusual spy story. There are no John Le Carre moments but the story of Bhagat Ram Talwar is a necessary and relevant chapter in India’s struggle for independence when many patriots where confronted with dilemmas of contradictory choices, as is evident in the much narrated legend of Subhas Chandra Bose who held that ‘’our enemy’s enemy is our friend.”

Mihir Bose, a former sports editor of BBC, and the author of a critically acclaimed biography of Subhas Chandra Bose, tells us in The Indian Spy: The True Story of The Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II (Published by Aleph, Pages 350, Price Rs 599) that Talwar was not merely a glorified courier who undertook 12 trips from Peshawar to Kabul between 1941-45, first to ferry Bose across to Afghanistan and later as a crucial information gatherer and deceiver for Britain and the Soviet Union, but a prize asset for the Allies.

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The Indian Spy – Outlook Magazine

Posted May 8, 2017

The Indian Spy- Outlook (Magazine) 8 May 2017

Mihir writes about his new book on Silver – The spy who fooled the Nazis

Posted May 1, 2017

The Second World War produced many remarkable spies. But Bhagat Ram Talwar, from the North-West Frontier Province of British India, now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan, was undoubtedly the most remarkable.

MAN OF MANY FACES: Bhagat Ram Talwar
MAN OF MANY FACES: Bhagat Ram Talwar

The only quintuple spy of the war, he worked for the Germans, Italians, Japanese, Soviets and British. He was also the only spy the Soviets shared with the British. And, while he wanted to free India from British rule – indeed, his older brother had been executed by the British in the 1930s, following a botched attempt to assassinate a British governor – Talwar happily double-crossed Indians who were trying to evict the British.

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