No doubt about the man's prowess as a spook. The interesting question now is: what are his views on major issues of national security? An article in the Hindu provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of Mr Doval. Here are some interesting snippets:
“I consider infiltration of Bangladeshis the biggest internal security problem. Bangladesh supports the demographic invasion of India.”
In his view, “the most effective way of dealing with terrorism would be to identify boys who have got the courage of conviction to match that of the fidayeens and who are capable of taking risks. Identify them and put them in action".
Mr. Doval does not trust the United States — as is typical in officers of his generation. He warns that the U.S. “will seek to outsource their counter-terrorism to Pakistan” as they withdraw from Afghanistan. He was scathing of the U.S.-India nuclear deal, bitterly warning in 2006 that “it will stunt India’s emergence as a genuine nuclear weapon state, cripple its strategic deterrence, and reduce it to a US satrapy.”
I found Mr Doval's views on the Indo-US nuclear deal striking. On the face of it, Mr Doval appears to be have missed an important fact: the deal is not about nuclear energy or even nuclear weapons alone. It is about getting access to advanced US technologies that can help propel economic growth. Or does Mr Doval think that even the latter is not crucial to India?