Articles By Col Anil Athale

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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Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent!

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Aug , 2020

An old Bollywood song (from Dev Anand’s film ‘CID’) ‘Kahin pe nigahe, kahin pe nishana’ (while eyes are fixed on something, the target is somewhere else) best encapsulates the Chinese...

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Bursting Myths of 1962

Bursting Myths of 1962

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

Formerly head and Joint Dir. War History division, Min of Defence and co-author of official history of 1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict.He researched as Kennedy Fellow at Presidential Archives in...

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The Coming Geo-Political Earth Quake!

The Coming Geo-Political Earth Quake!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 May , 2020

Some days back an ex-Pakistani diplomat had written a hilarious article in which this worthy predicted that in post Covid19 world, Chinese ‘soft power’ will help in gaining ascendance over the...

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War against Covid-19: Role of Media

War against Covid-19: Role of Media

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Apr , 2020

Late Army Chief BC Joshi often told me that media is a force multiplier, he was of course talking in context of the ongoing insurgency in Kashmir. I had a firsthand experience of the power of...

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Red Flag over Kabul

Red Flag over Kabul

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Mar , 2020

As has been the practice over the years, attention of the entire Indian strategic community is focussed on the effect of US Taliban deal in terms of the threat the emboldened Taliban will pose to...

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Role of Military History

Role of Military History

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

Napoleon had once famously said that ‘morale to the material is like three is to one’. Military history that celebrates the glorious deeds of past can boost the morale of soldiers and citizens...

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Middle-East Conundrum and Indian National Security

Middle-East Conundrum and Indian National Security

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Jan , 2020

The second decade of the 21st century has had an inauspicious start in the Middle East. The killing of an Iranian General in American drone strike has raised the temperatures in the Middle East to...

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Importance of Data Mining for Operational Efficiency

Importance of Data Mining for Operational Efficiency

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Dec , 2019

As world in general begins to move towards widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI for short) authentic data becomes increasingly important. Battlefields of the future are no exception. But...

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Countering Pakistan’s Kashmir Strategy

Countering Pakistan’s Kashmir Strategy

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Oct , 2019

Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan Niyazi, in a sense outlined the basic contours of Pakistan’s Kashmir strategy. He harped on bloodbath post lifting of curfew. He also in a way threatened that Indian...

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How Indo-Pak Tensions will help us Pullback from Afghanistan!

How Indo-Pak Tensions will help us Pullback from Afghanistan!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Aug , 2019

One is not surprised that lazy strategic analysts and clueless media persons have been taken in by the Pakistani canard that it alone will bring in Taliban to negotiations and ensure peace in...

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War Clouds Over Kashmir: Expect Commando Raids!

War Clouds Over Kashmir: Expect Commando Raids!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Aug , 2019

The abrogation of article 370 by India has put Pakistani army, its ‘real’ ruler, at horns of a dilemma. Indications are that the world body like UN has refused to take up the issue. Pakistani...

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Possible Taliban victory in Afghanistan: A double edge sword

Possible Taliban victory in Afghanistan: A double edge sword

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Aug , 2019

There has been much jubilation in Pakistani strategic circles over the US volte face on Taliban. A desperate US are now ready to deal with the fundamentalist force like Taliban. The Taliban have...

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Ushering in a green army!

Ushering in a green army!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jul , 2019

In 1992, a remark by the then Army Chief, General SF Rodrigues that ‘good governance was as much the business of army!’ was deliberately picked up by a journalist to defame him. The late...

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Time and Opportunity for Radical Rethink on Defence!

Time and Opportunity for Radical Rethink on Defence!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Jun , 2019

It has been a long standing demand/suggestion of many military thinkers like late Lt. General Eric A. Vas and Maj. Gen. Keshav Pendse, that defence and security issues should be part of the...

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Understanding the Riddle of Indian Defence Dependency

Understanding the Riddle of Indian Defence Dependency

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jun , 2019

Part-1 As the first IDSA military history research fellow, I was engaged in studying the Anglo-Maratha wars of 18th and early 19th century. During my research I came across a very interesting...

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Looming Shadow of Afghanistan over Kashmir

Looming Shadow of Afghanistan over Kashmir

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2019

Kashmir has always had a rather unfortunate linkage with Afghanistan. The brief Afghan rule over valley from 1750 to 1819 is universally regarded as ‘dark age’ by the Kashmiris. In that year...

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Lessons not learnt from 26/11

Lessons not learnt from 26/11

By: Col Anil Athale | Date: 03 Dec , 2018

The 26 November 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai was India’s own 9/11. Immediately in the aftermath of the attack several measures were taken to identify and rectify the mistakes of that fateful...

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Crossing the Rubicon in Kashmir

Crossing the Rubicon in Kashmir

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Oct , 2018

As someone who has been involved in study of Kashmir problem since 1991, I was intrigued by the recent media talk of situation having gone back to 1990s. To find out the truth I spent a week in...

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Bharat Ratna Vajpayee: An Assessment

Bharat Ratna Vajpayee: An Assessment

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Aug , 2018

On 25 December 2014, the govt. announced the award of nation’s highest civil honour of Bharat Ratna to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It is an honour that should have come to him much earlier, the...

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