All stories by Colonel ANIL A ATHALE (Retd)
The Taliban: Barbarians at our gateRediff.com12 Feb 2019
'With Taliban rule in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the unemployed jihadis will certainly turn their gaze to India and Kashmir.' 'Despite this imminent danger to national security, defence preparedness does not find a mention in the ongoing electoral campaign,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Ayodhya and the denial of India's ancient pastRediff.com9 Feb 2019
By clinging to the past misdeeds of some Islamic rulers, present day Muslims are making reconciliation of communities an impossibility, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
A wish for 2019: Stop treating national security as a football!Rediff.com1 Jan 2019
'In the Mahabharat, when faced by an enemy, Yudhishtir, the eldest Pandav, had quipped that 'When it comes to external enemies, we are 105, (100 Kauravs and 5 Pandavs)'.' 'It is time modern politicians heed this ancient wisdom,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
True tribute to Sardar Patel: Withdraw Kashmir from UN!Rediff.com14 Dec 2018
'It is time India withdraws the complaint from the UN and fully integrates the state of J&K into the Indian Union,' recommends Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
What next in Kashmir?Rediff.com22 Nov 2018
'We should give azaadi to Jammu and Ladakh from the domination of Kashmir valley politics,' suggests Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Kashmir problem: It's the environment, stupid!Rediff.com17 Nov 2018
If the air pollution is not brought under control, tourism to Kashmir will be affected, warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd), who has been visiting the valley for 50 years.
Kashmir poses no threat to India's securityRediff.com2 Nov 2018
The valley is under the iron grip of the armed forces and Pakistan does not have the military power or political support to change the status quo, observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd), after a recent visit to Kashmir.
Why did Vajpayee's bus diplomacy fail?Rediff.com31 Aug 2018
'As events at Kargil and Pakistan's continued support to terror activities in India prove, Pakistan has always felt that the break-up/destruction of India was within its capability,' notes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
How Vajpayee juggled India's global interestsRediff.com27 Aug 2018
'In India foreign policy is generally handled by the prime minister.' 'One can clearly see the Vajpayee stamp on all this.' 'Only a person with poetic imagination can weave such a complex web,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Vajpayee and the art of making war and peaceRediff.com27 Aug 2018
'Like General Patton, possibly the greatest exponent of the art of war, Vajpayee had the ability to be always on the offensive,' assesses Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Vajpayee: Mending fences, making friendsRediff.com20 Aug 2018
'Despite the subsequent events at Kargil and the October 12, 1999 military coup in Pakistan, the Lahore initiative firmly established Vajpayee's credentials as a crusader of peace,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Vajpayee, the war-time prime ministerRediff.com20 Aug 2018
'Vajpayee was the first prime minister to visit the battlefield at the height of conflict,' recalls Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
The nuclear tests: Vajpayee's finest hourRediff.com17 Aug 2018
'It was India's good fortune to have a Vajpayee lead the government at this crucial moment in history.' 'By taking the N-decision he saved future generations of Indians from being 'Kosovoed' or 'Iraqed',' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Will Imran bowl a googly and invite Modi to his swearing-in?Rediff.com27 Jul 2018
Don't be surprised if Imran invites Modi and other South Asian leaders for his swearing-in ceremony, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Trump's Russia initiative is a global game-changerRediff.com18 Jul 2018
In its sheer audacity, the initiative with Russia has the potential to transform world politics in the same way as the 1972 Nixon visit to China and 'Shanghai Declaration' changed world dynamics, says Anil Athale.
Time to divide J&K into Jammu, Kashmir, LadakhRediff.com25 Jun 2018
'It is time to not merely assert that Kashmir is an internal problem, but begin to act on it,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
The Ramzan Ceasefire is NOT a solutionRediff.com28 May 2018
What the ceasefire does is to show the supporters of violence in the Kashmir valley an alternative to militancy, argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
No Tears for Lieutenant FayazRediff.com3 May 2018
'Public spirited individuals and organisations should commemorate May 10 as Kashmir Solidarity Day by taking out candlelight marches and gathering at war memorials all over the country.'
'The occasion is not just to remember Lieutenant Fayaz, but also all those who have lost their lives in Kashmir defending the Republic,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
What will Modi, Xi discuss one on one?Rediff.com27 Apr 2018
'The need of the hour is to build on the positives and control the negatives,' says Colonel (Dr) Anil A Athale (retd).
Legal reforms is the answer to Kathua/Unnao, not vigilsRediff.com26 Apr 2018
'Loss of faith in the fairness of the system and the perception that one cannot expect justice are the first few steps to the slippery slope of anarchy,' warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
A soldier returns to Sri LankaRediff.com11 Apr 2018
'As I went around Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Jaffna and Mannar, my mind went back to my visit in January 1990 at the fag end of the IPKFs mission in Sri Lanka,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why Ram/Buddha, Tendulkar/Jayasuriya is hard to beatRediff.com11 Apr 2018
If India is to follow a smart cultural diplomacy, it has unmatched advantages over both China and Pakistan, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Battle of Malegaon: The Maratha army's Muslim HeroesRediff.com10 Apr 2018
At the Battle of Malegaon, Muslim soldiers in the Maratha army defied the British army for a full month when they had no hope of victory as the Chhatrapati and Peshwa had already surrendered.
Will India turn into a nation of minorities?Rediff.com23 Mar 2018
'Will the liberals explain if minorities are under such a dire threat in India, how come more and more groups want to separate from the majority and want themselves to be declared a minority?' asks Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Remembering Shivaji's greatest battleRediff.com16 Feb 2018
The Battle of Pratapgad can be termed the turning point in Indian history as it interrupted the continuous chain of Muslim successes on the battlefield.
The Pakistan Problem: The Long Term OptionRediff.com14 Feb 2018
'The best course for India is to wait out the implosion that is bound to take place in Pakistan sooner than later.' 'We have to ensure that the fallings debris from a collapsing State does not damage us,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
How India can win the border warRediff.com9 Feb 2018
'Pakistan has no strategic depth and is vulnerable to Indian military power without even crossing the border,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
How a Maratha general defeated the BritishRediff.com12 Jan 2018
Till recently there was no monument to the Maratha victory or the great Maratha General Mahadji Shinde. It was a defeat, such as never suffered by the British in India.
US actions against Pakistan: Win win for IndiaRediff.com8 Jan 2018
'Bolstering India's conventional military capability against China is in America's strategic interest,' says military historian Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why is Pakistan rattled?Rediff.com22 Dec 2017
'Fearful of losing strategic advantage, the only option for Pakistan is to rattle its nuclear sabre!' 'Pakistan thereby hopes to play on the worldwide fear of an outbreak of nuclear war in South Asia,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Should Ansari, Singh have attended Aiyar's dinner?Rediff.com18 Dec 2017
'While the meeting on December 6th was perfectly legal, was it ethical?' asks Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Marathas wanted to 'liberate' Hindu holy sitesRediff.com4 Dec 2017
Contemporary records speak of Chhatrapati Shivaji's resolve to liberate Hindu holy places, and the later Maratha rulers carried forward his legacy, Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) reveals in a forthcoming book.
What 26/11 taught us about PakistanRediff.com26 Nov 2017
'Peace talks with Pakistan are like accepting a dinner invitation from cannibals and hoping to return alive,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Indira's greatest triumph was not BangladeshRediff.com17 Nov 2017
'According to me, her finest hour was in 1983-1984 when she neutralised a combined US-Pakistan-British conspiracy to Balkanise India by creating an independent Sikh State of Khalistan,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). A special assessment of Indira Gandhi on her centenary.
India will always remember Indira with gratitudeRediff.com17 Nov 2017
'She preserved national unity against great odds.'
Surgical strikes changed the game for IndiaRediff.com27 Sep 2017
'The Pakistani denial was the greatest triumph of this strategy.' 'From now onwards Pakistan will always have to factor in the Indian reaction when it decides to back non-State actors like LeT,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Dynasty will finish the CongressRediff.com15 Sep 2017
'Incompetent dynasts can lead to national ruin,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Madam Raksha Mantri, this is what you need to do first!Rediff.com6 Sep 2017
'She must first change the Rules of Business 1961 that makes the defence secretary and not the defence minister responsible for the defence of the country!' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd.)
For the first time, US backs India on KashmirRediff.com28 Aug 2017
'It is for the first time in 70 years that the US has come out totally in India's favour on the Kashmir issue,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why a future war with Pakistan is certainRediff.com14 Aug 2017
'As India progresses and takes an increasingly hardline approach to Pakistani hostility, the young and restless population of Pakistan, sooner than later, will demand 'Gazwa e Hind' (conquest of India),' warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).