'He was an embodiment of old school courtesy and grace. It was embarrassing when he would insist on receiving and seeing off guests at the gate of his house! A trait he shared with another great soldier of India, Sam Manekshaw,' remembers Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). In Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar's passing away on April 9, India has lost an illustrious son who served the motherland faithfully till his end. It was a strange coincidence that I, an army officer, 30 years his junior ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
'Imagine a situation where the army's top brass is annihilated in one fell swoop with colonels, brigadiers and generals shedding their ranks and their place being taken by others from arms and services which are not even remotely connected to the working of the fighting arms.' 'The government must make clear once and for all that promotions in the Indian Army are not the right of individuals, but a privilege given in accordance with role and function,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Some ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'There would have been no controversy had the convicted rapists been punished according to the law and met their maker! But our criminal justice system remains dysfunctional.' Ultimately, besides genuine social reform and gender equality, the lack of effective laws are at the root of women's insecurity,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). On the eve of 'Women's Day' on March 8, the airing of a documentary on the Delhi gang-rape case by the BBC has raised a storm in India. With the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Baba Kalyani's first tryst with the military dates back to his childhood. The chairman and managing director of Kalyani Group marvelled at artillery guns while studying at the King George's Royal Indian Military College (now Rashtriya Military ...The Week, 1 month ago
'Shivaji was among a handful of Indian rulers to realise the importance of sea power... Not much attention is paid to his remarkable achievement: Building a modern navy and the revival of Indian maritime power,' notes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). 'Navy is an independent sphere of the State. He who has the navy rules the waves. -- Ramachandra Pant Amatya, Shivaji's prime minister. February 19 is celebrated as Shiv Jayanti (the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji). Somehow public attention ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The sudden proximity between India and US has, in the eyes of many, sidelined China. This is not the case, argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). On February 28, 1972, erstwhile sworn enemies, the United States and the People's Republic of China, signed the historic 'Shanghai declaration' and ushered in an era of a quasi Sino-American alliance. It changed the dynamic of world politics and so weakened the Soviet Union that it ultimately crumbled in 1990. The US is undoubtedly the world's sole ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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