His other big achievement -- of avoiding a partition of South Africa against a determined bid by Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi has not received much attention. He was thus a Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln rolled into one. Preserving a united South Africa against western intrigues was indeed a signal achievement, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. Historians will record Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Friday at the age of 95, as the greatest political leader of the 20th century. Much ... Rediff.com, 3 hours ago
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In the media frenzy over inconsequential issues, the visit of the Emperor of Japan to India has been pushed to the margins of public discourse. Colonel (retd) Anil Athale explains the great historical and political significance of the visit. A hundred years hence, a historian looking at India will be amazed how the media and people of this country were so oblivious to the momentous change that was taking place in Asian balance of power. Yes, one is referring to the ongoing visit of the Emperor ...Rediff.com, 7 hours ago
'The Kuber left Porbandar on the Saurashtra coast on November 14 and was next traced in Mumbai on November 26. It is a mystery where this boat was for 12 days.' 'It was claimed that the Kuber was hijacked on open seas. But would the LeT have planned such an elaborate operation on the chance that they would be able to hijack a boat, asks Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) on the fifth anniversary of the 26/11 attacks. Read the story on Rediff.com.Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The debate on Sardar Patel’s legacy is less about the Sardar and more about the acute sense of threat felt by the Delhi establishment at the rise of Narendra Modi and questions he has raised about the disproportionate share of credit given to a single family, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. The recent fracas over Sardar Patel’s legacy and the unease amongst the defenders of the dynasty (themselves members of minor dynasties) triggered a childhood memory of a text book lesson on ...Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
It is entirely understandable and eminently sensible that we do not fall in the American trap of joining an anti-China front. But for this to succeed there has to be quid pro quo from the Chinese. If there is indeed some in the border deal that the two nations signed, it is not in public domain, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. The Indian prime minister visited China for three days from October 22 to October 24. He was not alone in town as his visit coincided (‘accidently’ according ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The Indian Army seems to be the new target of attack. The news leaks, of origin unknown, have been attempting to target individuals inconvenient to the government. In the bargain, mutual trust between individuals and institutions has been severely strained, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. The Jammu and Kashmir assembly has summoned former army chief V K Singh over his allegations that the army gave money to politicians in the state. This comes close on the heels of the recent attempts at ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
No contemporary military figure comes anywhere near General Vo Nguyen Giap in the sheer scale of achievements, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Military geniuses are a rare phenomenon. While there have been thousands of great artists, scientists and even philosophers, the list of military geniuses does not exceed a score of over a dozen. General Vo Nguyen Giap of Vietnam, who died at the ripe old age of 102 earlier this month, will certainly make it to that illustrious list. The reason why ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
It is rare for communal riots to spread to rural areas. The UP riot is the first time after the September 1969 Gujarat riots that a rural area have been affected. Electoral politics which divide society in majority/minority, going on since the early 1990s, is a major contributing factor to this heightened tension between communities, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale in the first of a two part series. The end August and early September events in western Uttar Pradesh, where a minor incident ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The main culprit in vitiating the inter community/caste/class relations has been the so called ‘targeted’ approach. This is nothing but discrimination on the basis of faith/caste/class. When an equally poor and deprived child is denied scholarship, despite equal merit, resentment begins to brew, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. The last of the two-part on the Muzaffarnagar riots. Part 1: The danger signal from the Muzaffarnagar riots Faith based conflict was unknown in India till ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
By throwing food at poverty that is result of faulty economics and lack of jobs, one is only trying to suicidal path says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. Right at the outset the author wishes to confess that he is no economist. But as a close relation (a Gold Medallist in economics) once told me that Economics is, basically mumbo-jumbo and common sense made difficult. In 2003, I mentioned this remark to late Prof JK Galbraith, who promptly replied that he himself was also not an ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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