Colonel Anil A Athale (Retd)

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Shivaji: Founder of the Indian secular State

Shivaji: Founder of the Indian secular State

Rediff.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 Challenges

Joe Biden's Many Challenges

Rediff.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 standoff

Why Pakistan isn't taking advantage of Ladakh standoff

Rediff.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 victory

Why India must celebrate its 1971 victory

Rediff.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 research

Time to end DRDO's monopoly on defence research

Rediff.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 China

We need a treaty with America to deal with China

Rediff.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 do

75th Independence Day: What India should do

Rediff.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 fire

Pakistan is playing with fire

Rediff.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 injustice

To deny statehood to J&K is injustice

Rediff.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 nose

World wants India to give China a bloody nose

Rediff.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 India

China can't browbeat India

Rediff.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 attack

India must be on guard against a Pakistani attack

Rediff.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!

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?

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 like

What a post-COVID-19 world may look like

Rediff.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!

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 Modi

Dear Prime Minister Modi

Rediff.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 reconcile

It is time for Hindus and Muslims to reconcile

Rediff.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, revisited

The Battle of Panipat, revisited

Rediff.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 Great

Remembering Shivaji The Great

Rediff.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.

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