'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, 1 month 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 week 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, 4 weeks 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, 1 month ago
'The Gita was propounded on a battlefield and regards the use of force to establish Dharma or righteousness, as not only legitimate but one's highest duty,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). With a new broom (no pun intended) wielding Manohar Parrikar, a technocrat by inclination, the hardy perennial of 'defence reforms' is again in the news. The current fashion seems to be 'cutting the teeth to tail ratio.' We have had a similar exercise done in the early 1970s under the late General K V ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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