'It is imperative to restore the dignity and authority of the services chiefs. Erosion of this has resulted in lowering of service efficiency. It is also time to end the practice of taking seniority as the sole criterion for appointing chiefs,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). On Sunday, Manohar Parrikar was sworn into the Narendra Modi ministry and given the Cabinet berth of defence. He takes over the mantle from Arun Jaitley, who had been handed the portfolio as an additional charge to the ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
It is time the new government, unencumbered by the burden of the past, initiates a wide ranging review and open debate on security issues to rectify our short-term and long-term shortcomings. It has taken some wise steps but has to go beyond this to identify the structural weakness and create systems, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. Security for a nation or an individual is a primordial need. To achieve any objective like economic prosperity or a rightful place in the comity of nations and ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
'No amount of economic measures or prosperity in Kashmir will make any dent in the situation there.' 'The average Kashmiri understands the Pakistani game and is unlikely to prefer Pakistan over India. But the Pakistanis have made clever use of religious symbols and slogans to force religious-minded Kashmiris to support them.' 'India has failed to counter this posturing by the separatists,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). The Indian Army celebrates Infantry Day on October 27 every year to ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'The incidents have remained confined to the paramilitary forces on both sides with both the armies scrupulously avoiding getting involved.' 'While this incident has been going on, the LoC has been reasonably quiet. Cross border firing achieves no tactical or strategic aims and is more a symptom of hostility.' 'Unfortunately, India has to learn to live with this. Like Israel, we must construct shelters for the border populations and be ready to retaliate in kind,' says Colonel Anil A Athale ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'Political meetings will be a mere side show; the main show is economic investment and the business partnership. The success of Modi's US visit will be judged on the basis of India's ability to attract American investment and setting up of manufacturing in India to give jobs to millions,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). As Narendra Modi embarks on his most important diplomatic journey later this week he faces formidable challenges to win over a sceptical American leadership and a ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'Islamist terror groups have never been challenged ideologically. As long as their ideology survives, like cancer, these groups will sprout somewhere else, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). So finally after declaring that the United States had no strategy to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama has finally picked up the gauntlet and declared that the US along with its allies will 'disrupt, degrade and destroy' ISIS. It does seem that ISIS's days are numbered.Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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