Articles By Col Anil Athale

Kashmir Killings: What is to be done now!

Kashmir Killings: What is to be done now!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Jun , 2022

The selective killings of Hindus and pro India Muslims in the valley are a reminder that war declared on us is not over yet. Right at the outset it must be clearly understood that what the...

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Violence in India: Pakistani Game Plan

Violence in India: Pakistani Game Plan

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 May , 2022

There is one constant in Pakistani policy towards India for last 75 years and that is a firm belief that India cannot stay as one nation and will soon breakup into several small parts. In such a...

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Ukraine War: Essence of a Decision

Ukraine War: Essence of a Decision

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Apr , 2022

In a book of the similar title, Prof. Graham T. Allison has analyzed the American decision-making process during the Cuban Missile Crisis of Oct 1962. He mentions how at a crucial meeting just...

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India in a Turbulent World

India in a Turbulent World

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Apr , 2022

The pointless Russian invasion and the images of wanton destruction in Ukraine have been dominating the world stage for last several weeks. Most of us have been unable to understand the current...

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Wider Repercussions

Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Wider Repercussions

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Mar , 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that began on the 24 of February 2022 is yet to end with the military and diplomatic outcome still mired in uncertainty. However, whatever the ultimate outcome, it...

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Limits of Military Power

Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Limits of Military Power

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Mar , 2022

On the ‘WhatsApp University’ in India, some time back a ‘fauji’ (in Hindi anything related to the military) article was in circulation that compared the national level mourning on death...

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Some Fundamental Issues: musings of a soldier

Some Fundamental Issues: musings of a soldier

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Feb , 2022

What follows is not a structured military paper but a series of points to ponder over. I begin with some fundamental issues, some universal and some peculiar to Indian milieu. Understanding...

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Preserving the Autonomy of Logic of Force

Preserving the Autonomy of Logic of Force

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Oct , 2021

Legislature, executive, judiciary and press are four pillars of a democracy but there is also a fifth one, the armed forces, without which the other four may not exist. Armed forces are the...

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Afghanistan: From the Perspective of Counterinsurgency

Afghanistan: From the Perspective of Counterinsurgency

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Aug , 2021

The collapse of Afghan army without offering any resistance marks the end of American counterinsurgency operations. After a similar collapse of South Vietnamese Army in 1976, this is a second...

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Is Afghanistan the First Domino?

Is Afghanistan the First Domino?

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Aug , 2021

In the 1960s, “Domino theory’ was a popular phrase used by the Western strategic analysts to justify American intervention in Vietnam. To jog the reader’s memory, the said theory postulated...

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India’s Tryst with Military History: Glass is half full!

India’s Tryst with Military History: Glass is half full!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Jun , 2021

Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh’s announcement that the Defence Ministry will follow a policy of writing war history within 5 years of the conflict and most documents will be declassified...

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Rise of China: A Historians Perspective

Rise of China: A Historians Perspective

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 May , 2021

Arnold J. Toynbee, in his monumental ‘A Study of History’ (12 volumes) predicted in his final volume in 1961 that when the modernization process now going on in India and China reaches its...

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Decoding China’s Covid-19 ‘Miracle’!

Decoding China’s Covid-19 ‘Miracle’!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 May , 2021

Despite the Chinese attempts to cover its tracks some things stand out, • Many of the scientists from Wuhan lab have gone missing. • By February 2020, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) took...

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Anti-Naxal Operations: How not to Fight a Guerilla War!

Anti-Naxal Operations: How not to Fight a Guerilla War!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Apr , 2021

The April 4, 2021, attack by Naxalites in Sukma district of Chattisgad resulted in 22 Policemen being killed. As per early reports around 400 Naxalites executed an ambush on a section of divided...

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Will Indo-Pak Relations be Re-set?

Will Indo-Pak Relations be Re-set?

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Mar , 2021

Indo-Pak relations have seen so many false dawns that one is skeptical that the current moves can yield any different results. On 18 March 2021, Pakistan’s Army Chief General QamarJaved  Bajwa...

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Genius of Shivaji the Great

Genius of Shivaji the Great

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Feb , 2021

In 1987 as I was attending the Senior Command course at the College of Combat, Mhow, we had an officer from Bangladesh also as a fellow student officer. Once during a casual conversation, I asked...

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My Wellington Days

My Wellington Days

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Dec , 2020

Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) was the course senior of the 34th Defence Services Staff College Course (DSSC) of 1979 that I also attended. Arun Prakash has written a very thoughtful column (Indian...

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Ladakh Standoff: Brinkmanship Gone Wrong

Ladakh Standoff: Brinkmanship Gone Wrong

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Dec , 2020

Ever since the border standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC for short) in Ladakh in May 2020, strategic analysts have been struggling to decipher the Chinese...

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Chimera of Atmanirbhar Defence

Chimera of Atmanirbhar Defence

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Sep , 2020

In this year full of pessimism, one is loath to add on to the pile of misery, but reality of last 70 years and our Ostrich like attitude makes it likely that the dream of defence self-reliance is...

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Two Front War Threat: A Historian’s Perspective

Two Front War Threat: A Historian’s Perspective

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Sep , 2020

In April 2020, China amassed troops on Ladakh frontier with India prospect of a two front war has loomed large on Indian horizon. Two front war situations are brought about by geo-political...

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