Articles By Col Anil Athale

Crossing the Nuclear Rubicon in Ukraine: Long Term Implications

Crossing the Nuclear Rubicon in Ukraine: Long Term Implications

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Sep , 2022

As a longtime student of nuclear warfare, (I began to study it in 1965 as an NDA Cadet, my Staff College dissertation on this subject in 1979 to my book in 1997) one has seen the evolution of...

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Understanding the Strategic Shift in South Asia

Understanding the Strategic Shift in South Asia

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Sep , 2022

Conditioned by decades of ‘passive’ defence policies, most Indians, including military analysts, tend to see the happenings in South Asia in terms of narrow Indo-centric focus. The two major...

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Role of the Armed Forces in Preserving the Nation

Role of the Armed Forces in Preserving the Nation

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Aug , 2022

As India completes 75 years of independence, it also creates a new landmark in 5000-year-old history of India. If we count the period under British imperial rule (1857 to 1947), then India (most...

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Lessons from War in Ukraine

Lessons from War in Ukraine

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Jul , 2022

Russian invasion of Ukraine and the war that followed has continued for over 100 days. At the global political level this is a continuation of the one-sided conventional wars that have broken out...

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Random Thoughts on National Security Reforms and not tinkering with...

Random Thoughts on National Security Reforms and not tinkering with...

By: Col Anil Athale | Date: 08 Jul , 2022

Luckily the ‘Agniveer’ scheme and violence in its aftermath have faded out of the media due to its cyclic nature. This gives us an opportunity to a calmer refection on the whole gamut of...

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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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