'The only effective defence against a suicide attack is 'pre-emptive' destruction of the attacker,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). In 1855, as troops of the East India Company massed for an attack on Tanjore, the priest to the king assured him that his mantra would stop the British. It did not and the rest is history or is it? It is worth recalling the situation that India faced in 1991. It was not merely an economic crisis, but there was also a potent security threat as well. Some ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'The interesting point about the choice of the area for the surgical strikes is that it is the most sensitive part of the Line of Control,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). In the wake of the Uri terror attack, India under Narendra Modi has embarked on an escalation of the conflict. The initial operational facets of this escalation were diplomatic and economic with a military option in the background. This priority to diplomatic as opposed to military seems to have lulled Pakistan into ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'In order to achieve Pakistan's psychological isolation and pariah status, breaking all cultural, economic and people to people contacts must become a government policy with clear linkage to a change in behaviour by the Pakistani regime,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). In August 2008 as I landed at Pretoria airport, the immigration officer asked the purpose of my visit. When I told I had come to study the history and process that led to the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa, his ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
IMAGE: The Uri army camp, September 20, 2016. Photograph: PTI 'Terrorism is merely a symptom of a deeper disease in Pakistan's body politic,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). The Uri base attack by suicide attackers on September 18 ought not to have come as a surprise to us or the world. A few days before this attack, a similar attempt on the Poonch garrison was foiled by our troops. That said, no country can afford to continue to turn the other cheek when repeatedly slapped, Gandhian ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort, August 15. Photograph: Press Information Bureau 'Even if it is difficult to replicate Bangladesh, India can cause sufficient turmoil in Pakistan to keep it off balance,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Prime Minister Narendra Modi's declaration of support to the freedom fighters of Balochistan was not a 'tit for tat' move against Pakistan's support to Kashmir separatism; it was a game changer that signified that India has finally ...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, 2 months ago
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