'Pluralism is a fundamental fact of Indian life,' Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) tells members of the US Congress. 'Indians created a secular/plural State because that is what the majority believes in and not the other way round.' Dear Congressman, Congresswoman, Senator, It ought to be a matter of concern and worry for any right-thinking Indian and American that just when the Chinese have upped their ante in the Pacific by declaring a no fly zone over disputed island territories and have laid ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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The Election Commission must ensure that soldiers, paramilitary forces and railway employees who work outside their home states are given proper avenues to cast their votes, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Like every election, soldiers doing their duty on the icy heights, at 21,000 feet on the Siachen Glacier, will be deprived of their fundamental rights as citizens. God and soldiers are remembered only in times of difficulty, but in India's case, they are also forgotten at election time.Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Without civilisational moorings, India, more a sub-continent than a country, could not exist. Primacy of Dharma has been the cornerstone of Indian civilisation, argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Republic Day is a time to celebrate and also a time to introspect; this is an attempt at looking at the challenges of the future. India is a 'civilisational' State. We have a distinct worldview, arts, culture, languages, philosophy and aesthetics that are unique to the sub-continent. Jawaharlal ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'India-US relations seem to have soured when the US expected India to not only balance China in the Asia-Pacific, but also make concessions to Pakistan as a price for US technological help,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). As the tumultuous year ended, India stares at even greater challenges on the security front in the coming year. Thanks to the United Progressive Alliance government's non-governance for the last 10 years, the Indian economy has lost steam while red tape and a ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Is Devyani Khobragade's arrest connected to India detaining an anti-piracy ship owned by a US security firm, asks Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). The Devyani Khobragade episode in New York has two clear aspects to analyse. The first is the how and why of the incident itself and the other more important, its wider repercussions and what it means to India-US relations. When the initial reports of India's acting counsul general in New York being handcuffed and strip searched on December 12 appeared, ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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