"My appeal to ex-servicemen," says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd), "is please do not demean yourself and bring our izzat down to the levels of militant trade unionism of the banks or airline variety! Please accept a reasonable compromise and fight your battle with the 7th Pay Commission!" Read more ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'It looks like India wants to follow Pakistan on the slippery slope of stupidity masquerading as religion,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). With all the hullaballoo over beef and Punjab in ferment due to the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, my mind went back to my days in Pakistan as a Prisoner of War in 1971-1972. War is full of uncertainties and every participant faces the risk of getting killed, wounded or, as a third possibility, becoming a prisoner of war. It was my fate to face ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago India has still not learnt that single lesson of 1965 Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'If religious scholars and preachers declare suicide attacks as un-Islamic and decree that suicide bombers will be denied an Islamic burial and funeral rites, it may dissuade some would-be terrorists who dream of an afterlife in heaven,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). When nearly seven years ago Pakistani gunmen attacked Mumbai and killed over 160 people, most analysts expected that this was the beginning of a new form of terrorism. They were not wrong as the Mumbai attack pattern was ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The 1965 war teaches us that war by escalation is a real possibility. Despite clear threats, Pakistan never believed that India would ever cross the international border.' 'In the age of nuclear deterrence, this failure to deter Pakistan is the central lesson of 1965,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Continuing our series on the 1965 War, 50 years Later. The India-Pakistan war of 1965 is the least commented and remembered conflict of post-Independence India. This year, 2015, is the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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