'An elephant has to behave like an elephant and not shy away from confronting the jackals,' argues Colonel (Dr) Anil A Athale.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Greetings to all fellow Indians on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day! As we complete 67 years as a Republic and 70 years as an Independent nation this year, there is much that we can be proud of. Food self-sufficiency, exploits in space like the Mangalyan, major reduction in poverty and elimination of hunger are indeed major ... Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'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, 2 months ago
'Even if someone other than Trump had become president, the US distancing from Pakistan and coming closer to India was already set in motion.''With Trump openly declaring his intent to take on Islamic extremism, the days of US political correctness are over,' says Colonel (Dr) Anil A Athale (retd).Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com I have been a regular visitor to the United States since 1991 and been interacting with Washington-based think-tanks, American government functionaries and ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago A permanent state of war with Pakistan is to be expected Rediff.com, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago 'My days as a prisoner of war in Pakistan' Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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