'China's excessive military aid to Pakistan is the real elephant in the room as far as Sino-Indian relations are concerned. India should be confident enough to accept a degree of closeness between China and Pakistan, since China may wish to use this link for its foray into the Muslim world.' 'But the Chinese must be realistic enough to know that as time passes, the tactic of using Pakistan as a proxy to check India will yield diminishing returns. The US tried it for 60 years but failed, so will ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'Your constant reiteration on the lack of religious freedom in India has sown doubts about the kind of information that you are being fed and based on which you seem to be making adverse references to India and its tradition of religious tolerance.' Dear members of US Commission on International Religious Freedom, It has become a virtual annual ritual for you to bash India in your report. We understand your zeal to promote a 'Flat Earth' ideology or encourage the harvesting of poor souls in ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
40 years ago, on April 30, 1975, Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese army, ending the Vietnam War. Military historian Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) debunks myths about the Vietnam War which endure till today. On April 29-30, 1975, 40 years ago, ended the epic struggle between Vietnamese nationalism and American armed might with victory going to tiny Vietnam. The war lasted close to 10 years since the first major American formations landed in 1965. At its peak in 1966, the US had close to ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 2 months ago
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