All stories by Colonel Anil A Athale (Retd)
Shivaji: Founder of the Indian secular StateRediff.com19 Feb 2021
Shivaji made sure that his soldiers respected the sanctity of mosques and the Quran Sharif to ensure that his fight against the Mughals did not become fight against Islam, explains Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Joe Biden's Many ChallengesRediff.com23 Jan 2021
'India should be aware that China will take full advantage of US domestic turmoil and reduced international prestige,' warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why Pakistan isn't taking advantage of Ladakh standoffRediff.com2 Jan 2021
TheWhat led to Pakistan not taking advantage of India's difficulty is the hold that the US has over the Pakistani ruling elite, observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why India must celebrate its 1971 victoryRediff.com16 Dec 2020
We celebrate Dassera and regard it as an auspicious day as a day of victory of good over evil! So was 16 December! It is time we regard this day as auspicious as Dassera in future, observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Time to end DRDO's monopoly on defence researchRediff.com17 Sep 2020
We must seize the opportunity provided by the COVID-19 crisis to kick-start indigenous research efforts, recommends Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
We need a treaty with America to deal with ChinaRediff.com8 Sep 2020
American help in defending our independence will send a strong signal to the Chinese, argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
75th Independence Day: What India should doRediff.com15 Aug 2020
India is too diverse to be governed centrally and with a single system. The way forward is for the central government to keep the monopoly of military power and a share of national resources while the provinces must have greater autonomy, recommends Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Pakistan is playing with fireRediff.com13 Aug 2020
'By annoying the Arabs and cozying up to Iran, Pakistan may end up losing Arab economic support, annoying the Americans and increase Shia-Sunni tensions domestically,' Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) points out.
To deny statehood to J&K is injusticeRediff.com27 Jul 2020
It is time we pre-empt Pakistan and the separatists by fast tracking normalcy, advises Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
World wants India to give China a bloody noseRediff.com17 Jul 2020
'Unlike the Chinese army that has been largely a peace time force, the Indian Army is a battle hardened force,' explains Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
China can't browbeat IndiaRediff.com13 Jul 2020
'By causing military humiliation of India it intends to send a signal to other Asian countries to toe the Chinese line,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
India must be on guard against a Pakistani attackRediff.com23 Jun 2020
Most of India's reserves for war in the mountains have been sucked in by the standoff with China. A large part of India's airpower has also similarly been committed on the eastern border. By moving these reserves to the China border, India has been weakened vis-a-vis Pakistan. All in all, the nightmare scenario for India of a two-front war may well come true, warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Beware of opportunist China!Rediff.com27 May 2020
'It is time we Indians stop our internal bickering and present a united front to Chinese machinations,' advises Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Is threat to Xi behind India-China clashes?Rediff.com16 May 2020
'The Ladakh clashes are mere warning signals of the storm to come on May 22 when the Chinese parliament meets,' observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
What a post-COVID-19 world may look likeRediff.com6 May 2020
'Whatever else may or may not happen, China and its people are likely to pay a very heavy price for the lack of transparency of its Communist regime,' predicts Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Beware of Pakistan!Rediff.com18 Apr 2020
'Elements like the LeT may see the fight against the coronavirus as an opportunity of a lifetime,' warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Dear Prime Minister ModiRediff.com9 Apr 2020
'What is proposed is that we tax payers pay Rs 1,000 per month to selected JanDhan accounts of poor families.' 'I am sure there are at least 10 crore Indians for whom Rs 1,000 is no big deal.'
It is time for Hindus and Muslims to reconcileRediff.com1 Apr 2020
'This Ram Navami -- the birth anniversary of Lord Ram -- presents the majority community an opportunity to shed its minority complex and offer an olive branch and discrimination- free society to the minority,' suggests Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
The Battle of Panipat, revisitedRediff.com9 Mar 2020
Colonel Anil Athale (retd) recalls how the Battle of Panipat, 258 years ago, changed the history of India for the next century and half.
Remembering Shivaji The GreatRediff.com19 Feb 2020
'In a war of guerrilla resistance from 1682 to 1707, the Marathas destroyed the foundations of the Mughal empire.' 'Shivaji was dead, but his example and ideals survived and were the main source for inspiration for the Marathas in their desperate struggle with the mighty Mughal empire,' notes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd), the well known military historian.