'Indira Gandhi proved herself a great war leader, but failed as a statesman,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). IMAGE: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Shimla, July 1972. Secured in Dhaka, but squandered in Shimla J N Dixit: The Errors of Simla The 1971 India-Pakistan and the Shimla Agreement of July 2, 1972 are some of the most important events of the 20th century history of the Indian subcontinent. While the 1971 war has been extensively ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'The only effective defence against a suicide attack is 'pre-emptive' destruction of the attacker,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). In 1855, as troops of the East India Company massed for an attack on Tanjore, the priest to the king assured him that his mantra would stop the British. It did not and the rest is history or is it? It is worth recalling the situation that India faced in 1991. It was not merely an economic crisis, but there was also a potent security threat as well. Some ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
IMAGE: The Uri army camp, September 20, 2016. Photograph: PTI 'Terrorism is merely a symptom of a deeper disease in Pakistan's body politic,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). The Uri base attack by suicide attackers on September 18 ought not to have come as a surprise to us or the world. A few days before this attack, a similar attempt on the Poonch garrison was foiled by our troops. That said, no country can afford to continue to turn the other cheek when repeatedly slapped, Gandhian ...Rediff.com, 4 days ago
IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort, August 15. Photograph: Press Information Bureau 'Even if it is difficult to replicate Bangladesh, India can cause sufficient turmoil in Pakistan to keep it off balance,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Prime Minister Narendra Modi's declaration of support to the freedom fighters of Balochistan was not a 'tit for tat' move against Pakistan's support to Kashmir separatism; it was a game changer that signified that India has finally ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
There is a great danger of the government getting stampeded into actions in Kashmir that could result in long lasting damage, warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). There is a rising tide led by the chatterati/twitterati, the so-called liberal opinion, as well as some political pressure, on the government to do 'something' in the wake of violence in the urban areas of Srinagar. There is a great danger of the Indian government getting stampeded into actions that could result in long lasting ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'The use of nuclear/biological/chemical weapons by Islamic terrorists is just a matter of time.'It must be clearly understood what the world faces is a global level insurgency against the world order.' 'Terrorism is merely a tactic and Islamic State its most brutal face, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). My 25 years of study of insurgency and terrorism in diverse countries/locations like Northern Ireland, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Punjab and South Africa (during the apartheid regime) has ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'The Kashmiri identity and its unique blend of Sufi Islam, its culture and language can best survive in a plural and secular India.''Neither independence nor merger with Pakistan can achieve that objective.''Peace will return to Kashmir only when Kashmiris realise this, else they will be part of the 1,000-year war,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Many Indians are dismayed at the latest turn of events in Kashmir. As someone involved in the issue for over two decades, this does not come as a ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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