I’m going to level with you here. International spy agency budgets are tight in 2012. Don’t ask how I know. Well-produced television shows have exaggerated what governments can achieve and we assume that computers of all things will be able to do it all. Some nerd presses a button, and, -blammo- “We have intel!” someone at HQ shouts.
This is incorrect. This is so incorrect. It’s about the fieldwork and good old-fashioned spycraft. Fingerprints on ink pads, trenchcoats, magnifying glasses, daggers. The classics.
Meet agent Karolle Rabarison. We’re going to get her to India.
Our cover story is that together you and I will help send her on a 10-month program/partnership with social enterprises in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Mumbai “(1) to assess weaknesses and opportunities within their respective spheres and (2) to build innovative solutions that are both scalable and sustainable.” Her assignment is as a consultant in Hyderabad’s Affordable Private Schools sector.
The program is called IDEX. Publicly this stands for Idea and Execution and you can read up on it here and here, but I’m telling you know that it actually stands for International Diplomacy: Extreme Xanatos. Let’s just say that it’s good for the country you’re in if we can get this agent into these schools before Project X.A.N.A.T.O.S. happens in 2015.
Agent Karolle’s had missions in many politically sensitive areas and we trust she’ll execute this one with equal professionalism and stealth. I’ll leave it up to you to read the dossier. To help this identity pass by India’s security, she’s also set up a Tumblr with more than a year of back-dated entries.
This mission, should you choose to accept it, will make you a pretty great person.