India must be cautious and not repeat its Himayalan blunders during new Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s forthcoming visit, warns Colonel Anil Athale My last article Countries that wish to invade do not do so by pitching tents elicited furious and even derogatory comments from readers. As predicted, the ‘invasion’ seems to have ended, but the ‘tents’ episode has left several questions un-answered. It is clear that there are different Indian and Chinese ... Rediff.com, 4 days ago
PUNE: After getting flak from the Bombay High Court, the State government has withdrawn its own order cancelling the allotment of land in Vadgaonsheri to the 1971 Indo-Pak war heroes. The tehsildar of Haveli taluka, Sandesh Ravindra Shirke, in an ...Sakaal Times, 1 week ago
What is so honourable in defending or dis-honourable in not defending the 'Johnson line' in Aksai Chin? That is a question that needs to be asked to the Indian shouting brigade. The Chinese also need to be asked as to why they wish to implement the 'MacDonald McCartney' line drawn by British Imperialists? asks Col (retd) Anil Athale. The recent face of between India and China in the Aksai Chin area makes one feel a strong sense of déjà vu! It is only last year that the country ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Every general election nearly 14 lakh soldiers/sailors and airmen, 9 lakh personnel of the para-military forces and their families are effectively denied their basic democratic right to vote. Why can’t the Election Commission come up with a solution for this, asks Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. The general elections are definitely in the air! Political temperatures are already rising and many expect the general elections to take place this winter. As the elections approach, one can almost ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Except for people to people contacts, everything else cultural exchange, sports, trade etc should be conditional on Pakistan giving up its terror strategy. It is time to tell Pakistan that its 'death by thousand cuts' policy will not work, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale A recent opinion poll amongst the Pakistani youth showed that 70 percent of the young prefer either religion based 'sharia' regime or military rule. In the recent past even the confirmed votaries of friendship with Pakistani ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The allegation that the chief minister of Gujarat did nothing to prevent a ‘series of orchestrated riots’ in 2001 is indeed serious. This needs some deliberation and analysis since this has been the most frequently made charge against Modi, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale. Just when one thought that enough ink has been spilled on the 2002 Gujarat riots, comes a new event or act to put the focus back on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the sole villain in that unfortunate ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'Sadly, frightening the minority and dividing the majority has become the favoured electoral strategy of the ruling dispensation. This would have been less of a disaster for the country if the principal Opposition party had a sensible counter.' 'Instead, the principal Opposition party is forever trying to create a vote bank of the 'majority,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Many long-term observers and students of internal security issues that India is facing were stunned by Home ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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