In a recent statement, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi expressed concern over the absence of Muslim officers in the senior leadership of the Intelligence Bureau (IB). He highlighted that this is the first time in decades that such a situation has arisen, raising questions about the perception of Muslims within the ruling Hindutva party.
Referring to a news report, Owaisi pointed out that this development reflects the BJP’s suspicious outlook towards Muslims. He asserted that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) have transformed into institutions that predominantly cater to the majority community. Hindutva Ideology Supporters constantly demand proof of loyalty from Muslims but never accept them as equal fellow citizens.”
This observation by Asaduddin Owaisi brings attention to the issue of representation and inclusivity within the Intelligence Bureau’s higher ranks. It raises concerns about the fair treatment of citizens regardless of their religious background.
The excerpt shared by Owaisi, The Asian Age, reported that the country’s Intelligence Bureau would soon be devoid of senior Muslim IPS officers in crucial positions. The most recent Muslim IPS officer in the agency, S.A. Rizvi, who held the position of special director, had his tenure cut short and was appointed as an advisor to the National Disaster Management Authority. Over the nine years, the number of Muslim IPS officers within the Intelligence Bureau has seen a noticeable decline. This starkly contrasts with earlier periods when individuals like Asif Ibrahim could ascend to the position of IB director and Rafiul Alam, an IPS officer from the Assam cadres, could occupy significant roles during his deputation with the agency.