Colonel Dr Anil Athale (Retd)

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What will Modi, Xi discuss one on one?

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).

India's Anna Daata: Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't!

India's Anna Daata: Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't!

Rediff.com23 Jun 2017

'If India is to emerge as a superpower, we must utilise our huge agricultural potential and not, as in past centuries, merely exploit our farmers,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

India is under threat and we are agitated about cows!

India is under threat and we are agitated about cows!

Rediff.com5 Jun 2017

'National unity and acceptance of cultural diversity was never more important than now when the world enters an unstable and dangerous phase.'

Trump won't shy away from acting against Pakistan

Trump won't shy away from acting against Pakistan

Rediff.com8 Feb 2017

'Even if someone other than Trump had become president, the US distancing from Pakistan and coming closer to India was already set in motion.' 'With Trump openly declaring his intent to take on Islamic extremism, the days of US political correctness are over,' says Colonel (Dr) Anil A Athale (retd).

Trump won't shy away from acting against Pakistan

Trump won't shy away from acting against Pakistan

Rediff.com8 Feb 2017

'Even if someone other than Trump had become president, the US distancing from Pakistan and coming closer to India was already set in motion.' 'With Trump openly declaring his intent to take on Islamic extremism, the days of US political correctness are over,' says Colonel (Dr) Anil A Athale (retd).

History won't remember Manmohan Singh kindly

History won't remember Manmohan Singh kindly

Rediff.com12 Mar 2014

'History will never forgive Manmohan Singh for having ended the Indian growth story and created a culture of entitlement instead of creating a culture of hard work and development,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

Why we must take note of the warning signs in Assam

Why we must take note of the warning signs in Assam

Rediff.com27 Jul 2012

It is time we consider a residential permit system for economic migrants. With this the migrants will enjoy all benefits other than the right to vote. This single measure of regularising economic migrants will defeat the nefarious designs of the 'vote-bank' politicians. Else, we are storing trouble for the future, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd).

Why General V K Singh should join politics

Why General V K Singh should join politics

Rediff.com1 Jun 2012

It is time Gen V K Singh forgets about his academic pursuits and joins politics to provide much needed leadership to the country starving for it. The political scene, both on the ruling and opposition side has never been so dismal in last 60 years. There is a terrible dearth of leaders of stature and capability, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale.

A comparative study of counterinsurgency, peace

A comparative study of counterinsurgency, peace

Rediff.com29 May 2012

Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General AK Singh on Tuesday released a book Counterinsurgency and Quest For Peace written by Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd).

Expect a Chinese attack by June/July

Expect a Chinese attack by June/July

Rediff.com9 Jan 2012

'One is not talking of an all-out war,' says Colonel Anil A A Athale (retd). 'What we must accept is a short, sharp, attack by the Chinese, more in the nature of a slap!'

26/11: The questions we need to ask

26/11: The questions we need to ask

Rediff.com25 Nov 2011

Three years after the event the country is still waiting for the answer to these questions. But instead what it is served is harebrained theories, half truths and downright lies to rope in 'politically correct' suspects to throw dust into the eyes of the public, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd).

26/11: The questions we need to ask

26/11: The questions we need to ask

Rediff.com25 Nov 2011

Three years after the event the country is still waiting for the answer to these questions. But instead what it is served is harebrained theories, half truths and downright lies to rope in 'politically correct' suspects to throw dust into the eyes of the public, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd).

Why Pakistan's peace overtures are a diversionary tactic

Why Pakistan's peace overtures are a diversionary tactic

Rediff.com23 Nov 2011

To the chorus of the usual suspect television news brigade in New Delhi, Pakistan seems to have launched a 'Peace Offensive' of sorts vis a vis India. After a delay of 15 years it now wants to reciprocate by granting the Most Favoured Nation status to India for trade. For the uninitiated, MFN is an obligation under the World Trade Organisation regime.

View: Abolish AFSPA and hand over Kashmir to the LeT

View: Abolish AFSPA and hand over Kashmir to the LeT

Rediff.com9 Nov 2011

Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd) on why AFSPA should not be repealed in parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Lessons from ten years of the global war on terror

Lessons from ten years of the global war on terror

Rediff.com10 Sep 2011

Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd) on how the global war on terror has changed the geo-politics of the world and India's role in it.

Army chief's age: A needless controversy

Army chief's age: A needless controversy

Rediff.com5 Sep 2011

A chief lodging a 'statutory complaint' sends a very wrong signal to the rank and file of the service. Does India need a spectacle like this? Even more dangerously, this also signals the breakdown of communication at the highest levels of the defence ministry, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd)

Army chief's age: A needless controversy

Army chief's age: A needless controversy

Rediff.com5 Sep 2011

A chief lodging a 'statutory complaint' sends a very wrong signal to the rank and file of the service. Does India need a spectacle like this? Even more dangerously, this also signals the breakdown of communication at the highest levels of the defence ministry, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd)

Why I oppose the Jan Lokpal bill

Why I oppose the Jan Lokpal bill

Rediff.com17 Jun 2011

The whole approach of the civil society activists is legalistic, with an unbounded faith in laws as cure for all. In India we have a plethora of laws but very little law and order. It is essential that any solution for corruption must involve political scientists, management experts, administrators in order to work out laws and institutions that work, says Colonel Anil Athale (retd)

Why an Indian threat to Pakistan is a myth

Why an Indian threat to Pakistan is a myth

Rediff.com1 Jun 2011

India has neither the intent nor the capability to pose a major threat to Pakistan. But the bogey of an India threat is kept alive in Pakistan mainly to help the military to ensure it relevance and dominance of the country, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd)

250 years on, Battle of Panipat revisited

250 years on, Battle of Panipat revisited

Rediff.com13 Jan 2011

Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd) recalls how the Battle of Panipat, 250 years ago, changed the history of the Indian subcontinent for the next century and half.

Send Kalam, Aamir, Sri Sri to Kashmir!

Send Kalam, Aamir, Sri Sri to Kashmir!

Rediff.com16 Sep 2010

'Sadly, we don't have a single political leader in any party who carries any kind of conviction in Kashmir.'

How Kalam can help end Kashmir's cycle of violence

How Kalam can help end Kashmir's cycle of violence

Rediff.com20 Aug 2010

Colonel Dr Anil Athale (retd) writes an open letter to former President A P J Abdul Kalam to intervene in Kashmir and start a dialogue with the people.

How Kalam can help end Kashmir's cycle of violence

How Kalam can help end Kashmir's cycle of violence

Rediff.com20 Aug 2010

Colonel Dr Anil Athale (retd) writes an open letter to former President A P J Abdul Kalam to intervene in Kashmir and start a dialogue with the people.

Are Manipur citizens less important than Kashmiris?

Are Manipur citizens less important than Kashmiris?

Rediff.com4 Jun 2010

New Delhi's inaction on the grim situation in Manipur, whose people are facing untold hardship due to the economic blockade by Naga rebels, is shocking and can have disastrous consequences for India, warns Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd)

Why we need limited air power to battle the Naxals

Why we need limited air power to battle the Naxals

Rediff.com26 May 2010

The air element has a great psychological effect on the adversary as it can raise the morale of our forces while lowering that of the adversary, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd).

Why we need limited air power to battle the Naxals

Why we need limited air power to battle the Naxals

Rediff.com26 May 2010

The air element has a great psychological effect on the adversary as it can raise the morale of our forces while lowering that of the adversary, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd).

Defence Budget: Alarm bells ringing

Defence Budget: Alarm bells ringing

Rediff.com26 Feb 2010

Stagnant defence expenditure in India and set back to modernisation would be music to the ears of Gen Kayani and Hu Jin Tao.

Peace with Pakistan: Chasing a mirage

Peace with Pakistan: Chasing a mirage

Rediff.com11 Feb 2010

Peace with Pakistan is not possible in the foreseeable future. Those charged with the responsibility to safeguard our country and its citizens will do well to get a reality check and devise our defence posture accordingly, writes Colonel Dr Anil Athale (retd).

Is it the end of the LTTE?

Is it the end of the LTTE?

Rediff.com4 Jun 2009

The LTTE forgot that Eelam was a means to an end -- that is a place of honour for Tamils and preservation of their identity and culture. By obdurately focussing on 'all or nothing' strategy, the LTTE lost everything and has brought upon untold misery on the Tamil people of Jaffna.

Is it the end of the LTTE?

Is it the end of the LTTE?

Rediff.com4 Jun 2009

The LTTE forgot that Eelam was a means to an end -- that is a place of honour for Tamils and preservation of their identity and culture. By obdurately focussing on 'all or nothing' strategy, the LTTE lost everything and has brought upon untold misery on the Tamil people of Jaffna.

Why security must top the government's agenda

Why security must top the government's agenda

Rediff.com28 May 2009

In international relations there are very few accidents and the bunching of these anti-India actions in our neighbourhood could not be just coincidence but show a design and pattern.

Taliban takeover of Pak is inevitable, imminent

Taliban takeover of Pak is inevitable, imminent

Rediff.com30 Apr 2009

Recently, Australian and American security experts have given only six months for this to happen. This 'point of no return' was crossed when the Pakistani national assembly approved the 'deal' with Taliban that for all intents and purposes handed over the Swat valley to the extremist rabble.

Taliban takeover of Pak is inevitable, imminent

Taliban takeover of Pak is inevitable, imminent

Rediff.com30 Apr 2009

Recently, Australian and American security experts have given only six months for this to happen. This 'point of no return' was crossed when the Pakistani national assembly approved the 'deal' with Taliban that for all intents and purposes handed over the Swat valley to the extremist rabble.

Implications of Talibanised Pak for India

Implications of Talibanised Pak for India

Rediff.com28 Apr 2009

In an impending Talibanisation of Pakistan, we face hordes entering our country to carry out mayhem. Once the state of Pakistan is taken over by the Taliban, we face a prospect of use of nuclear weapons against us, either through direct or indirect means of delivery.

Implications of Talibanised Pak for India

Implications of Talibanised Pak for India

Rediff.com28 Apr 2009

In an impending Talibanisation of Pakistan, we face hordes entering our country to carry out mayhem. Once the state of Pakistan is taken over by the Taliban, we face a prospect of use of nuclear weapons against us, either through direct or indirect means of delivery.

Will South Asia be witness to Armageddon?

Will South Asia be witness to Armageddon?

Rediff.com6 Apr 2009

Colonel Anil Athale reviews Jihad: from Hindukush to Armageddon by Sunita Joshi-Ford.

Terrorism: Are infantry commandos the answer?

Terrorism: Are infantry commandos the answer?

Rediff.com25 Mar 2009

Without looking for extra land and locations for the NSG hubs as proposed by the home minister, if every infantry battalion gets a well-equipped commando platoon, the needs of security will be met. The NSG will remain a special force that can build on the commando platoons should the task be beyond their capability, says Col Anil Athale (retd)

President Obama's challenges in AfKak

President Obama's challenges in AfKak

Rediff.com9 Mar 2009

President Obama has this historical opportunity to rescue the world from an economic morass and an Islamist nightmare and put his stamp on world history.

Barbarians at the gate, are we ready?

Barbarians at the gate, are we ready?

Rediff.com19 Feb 2009

'The recent surrender by the Pakistani State to the Taliban in the Swat valley may well turn out to be a watershed in the history of the Indian subcontinent. In terms of long-term impact, this may even overshadow the recent Mumbai massacres. All signs point to the Talibanisation of Pakistan.'

Barbarians at the gate, are we ready?

Barbarians at the gate, are we ready?

Rediff.com19 Feb 2009

'The recent surrender by the Pakistani State to the Taliban in the Swat valley may well turn out to be a watershed in the history of the Indian subcontinent. In terms of long-term impact, this may even overshadow the recent Mumbai massacres. All signs point to the Talibanisation of Pakistan.'

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