'If one observes a common man passing a church or gurdwara or dargah, he instinctively bows his head. It is this prevalence of polytheism that has ensured that monotheists and minorities flourish in India.' 'This may sound preposterous in wake of the recent communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar. But it must be understood that in a county of over one billion people that was at worst an aberration,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Why is the majority religion in India frequently under attack? ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'History will never forgive Manmohan Singh for having ended the Indian growth story and created a culture of entitlement instead of creating a culture of hard work and development,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). With the announcement of election dates, Dr Manmohan Singh and his United Progressive Alliance-II government has become a caretaker government. This is an appropriate time to assess his legacy. At his last press conference, he lamented that his opponents and the media were unfair ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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 month 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, 2 months ago
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