All stories by Colonel Anil A Athale (Retd)
Dear Prime Minister ModiRediff.com1 days ago
'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.
The bogey of a Hindu RashtraRediff.com31 Jan 2020
'The idea of a 'Hindu Rashtra' only emerged in the 1920s and 1930s.' 'The context at that time was the clear British attempt at 'divide and rule' between Hindus and Muslims and within Hindus on caste lines,' argues military historian Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
It's Bharatiyata, not Hindutva!Rediff.com30 Jan 2020
It is time the current leaders who swear by 'cultural nationalism', that is religion neutral, assert that Bharatiyata is at the core of our nationalism and India was never a 'Hindu Rashtra', argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Tanhaji and the distortions of historyRediff.com21 Jan 2020
'Indian apathy towards our historical heritage is indeed amazing,' says military historian Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
2020: Storm signals ahead for India!Rediff.com31 Dec 2019
'Our modern icons have assumed infallibility and think course correction or admission of a mistake as taboo.' 'Much will depend on the sagacity of the national leadership to show humility that our Gods showed.' 'Else, we are doomed in the coming year to divert our attention to firefighting rather than the task of nation building,' warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
How can calm return to the north east?Rediff.com14 Dec 2019
'In terms of sheer incompetence, this government has rivaled the Rajiv Gandhi-led government that was derisively called the 'Baba-log' government for its naive handling of many issues,' notes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Amend CAB to include ALL persecuted peoplesRediff.com11 Dec 2019
'The Citizenship Amendment Bill is a classic case of short-term gain over-riding long-term interest. 'We must welcome all persecuted minorities from our neighbouring countries and not just Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Do we know where 150 million Indians spend?Rediff.com10 Dec 2019
'Being one of the 150 million upper middle class consumers, I can vouch that the average expenses on white goods or clothing are minimal. Indians are not consumerist by nature,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Ayodhya verdict does not herald Hindu rashtraRediff.com15 Nov 2019
The Ayodhya verdict heralds not the beginning of theocracy or Hindu rashtra (that never existed in 5,000 years), but marks the end of a divisive phase of our history.
Ayodhya: Beyond the Supreme Court verdictRediff.com7 Nov 2019
Nothing would please our adversaries if the court verdict sees triumphalism on the part of the majority and sullen anger of the minority, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why we are poorer with Steve Cohen's passingRediff.com4 Nov 2019
'Steve was the foremost strategic analyst on South Asia,' remembers Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Gandhi the strategistRediff.com2 Oct 2019
'Many misunderstood non-violent satyagraha as a passive strategy; it was anything but that,' notes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
How to counter Pakistan's nuclear sabre-rattlingRediff.com18 Sep 2019
'India should pledge that it will only target those provinces of Pakistan where nuclear weapons are located,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
'Even Pakistan will ditch Kashmir...'Rediff.com16 Sep 2019
'.. if the cost is its own survival,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
The difference between Kargil and BalakotRediff.com26 Jul 2019
'We took the initiative after Balakot and continued to hold it, forcing Pakistan to react.' 'This was not the case in the Kargil conflict.' 'At that time we 'reacted' to Pakistan's actions,' points out Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Kargil 20: India failed to exact a price from PakistanRediff.com25 Jul 2019
'The Indian response in confining our action to our side of the LoC set a dangerous precedent,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why India Needs Population ControlRediff.com11 Jul 2019
Will Prime Minister Modi start a conversation on the need for people to limit the size of their families, asks Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) on the occasion of World Population Day, July 11.
3 steps to address the Kashmir problemRediff.com14 Jun 2019
Giving economic aid to Kashmir is like giving TB medicine to a patient suffering from cancer and expecting it to work, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Mystery of the missing price rise during electionsRediff.com30 May 2019
'How does one square up the fact that despite the infusion of money at election time there was no price rise?' 'It is time the new government ordered an external audit of the RBI to find out the truth,' says Col Anil Athale.
2019 election and the brown man's burdenRediff.com28 May 2019
'The anti-India biases of the Western elite can be attributed to the unease these privileged nations feel at the rise of Asian nations like India and China.' 'But what ought to shock all right-thinking Indians is that many of our own countrymen/women have joined this chorus,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
The Nationalism ElectionRediff.com22 May 2019
'The BJP's use of nationalism was a major factor in its likely victory,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Why 2019 is different from 2014Rediff.com25 Apr 2019
'In 2019, in Modi we have a leader who has not shied away from showcasing a robust and aggressive response to the Pulwama and Uri attacks,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Balakot strike is a game changer with PakistanRediff.com29 Mar 2019
'With the Balakot strike, India has now established a precedent for response to any new terrorist attack engineered by Pakistan.' 'This will stay irrespective of who wins the coming elections,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
My days as a prisoner of war in PakistanRediff.com27 Feb 2019
During a war, there are just four possibilities a soldier faces. One: Victorious and safe. Two: Wounded. Three: Killed in action. Four: Prisoner of War. It was my fate to face the fourth, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) on the year spent as a prisoner of war in Pakistan during the 1971 War.
Expect more suicide attacks in KashmirRediff.com15 Feb 2019
'The future does not look very promising for peace in Kashmir,' warns 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).