'One thing is certain: Demonetisation has broken the back of terror funding,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation announcement, two terrorists killed at Bandipora in Kashmir were found with brand new Rs 2,000 notes! The incident clearly showed the umbilical link between terrorism and money. In April 1997, after six years of research and over 12 visits to Kashmir, I wrote a book Let the Jhelum Smile Again! General K V Krishna Rao ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'A seniority-based system created a situation where senior officers would know, years in advance, who would be the chief at some future date and the rest would not have a shot at the highest post!''Out of this idiotic concoction was born the media created myth of "line of succession," as if the Indian Army was some kind of monarchy,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Out of respect for the institution of the Indian Army, I had decided not to comment on the current controversy. But the ...Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
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.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com December 5, 1971. Six Gorkha soldiers and I were on a reconnaissance patrol on the western border in Punjab, along the Ravi river, when the Pakistani army launched a ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago 'My days as a prisoner of war in Pakistan' Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'If Pakistan were to launch surgical strikes, India would not be able to forget it for generations to come,' Pakistan army chief General Raheeel Sharif warned on November 24, days before he retires from office. 'India has to understand that the permanent state of war that exists between India and Pakistan has to be expected,,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).'The only way to ensure peace or absence of war is to maintain a militarily-dominant position over Pakistan.' IMAGE: Artillery has been ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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