Articles By Col Anil Athale

India’s Nuclear Strategy and Brain Freeze in Delhi!

India’s Nuclear Strategy and Brain Freeze in Delhi!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Apr , 2017

Former Defence Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar had set the cat amongst the pigeons and doves some months ago when he mentioned a need to have a re-look at our nuclear posture. Encouraged by this...

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Remembering a Hero in Bicentenary Year!

Remembering a Hero in Bicentenary Year!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Mar , 2017

This year the First Nine Gorkha Rifles celebrates its bicentenary and it is natural that we remember all the men who contributed to make this Paltan one of the very best in the world. Every...

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Moving Beyond Cordon and Search!

Moving Beyond Cordon and Search!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Mar , 2017

As India battles Urban Insurgency in parts of Srinagar valley, I recall my experience during 1988 while I attended the Senior Command Course at College of Combat Mhow. I was an unusual student...

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Understanding US Election Result

Understanding US Election Result

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Feb , 2017

Any student of international affairs and security issues will be forced to have reasonable understanding of the US domestic dynamics since the US plays a vital role all over the world. I have...

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Kashmir Valley Troubles: Has the Penny Dropped?

Kashmir Valley Troubles: Has the Penny Dropped?

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Sep , 2016

The recent events in Kashmir and robust Indian response does seem to indicate that Indian approach to trouble in Kashmir valley has finally come to terms with changed global scenario. Unmindful...

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Kashmir: Historical Background

Kashmir: Historical Background

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Aug , 2016

“Men do not make their history in isolation from the past. The memories of dead generations hang like a mill stone around the necks of present generations.” — Karl Marx Kashmiri aspiration for...

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Understanding the Violence in Valley!

Understanding the Violence in Valley!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Jul , 2016

Insurgencies are like amoeba, constantly changing shape and size. What began as a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan in 1947 has, over time, undergone several metamorphoses. Initially...

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India at Simla: Turning Victory into Diplomatic Defeat

India at Simla: Turning Victory into Diplomatic Defeat

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jul , 2016

In the 1971 Indo Pak war, all attention was focused on the Eastern front. In the West Indian successes in Punjab, (Shakarhgarh, Chicken’s neck near Akhnoor) and thrust towards NayaChor in...

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Urgent Need to Have a Re Look at India’s Minimum Deterrence

Urgent Need to Have a Re Look at India’s Minimum Deterrence

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Jun , 2016

The need for a re-look at our nuclear posture has become imperative after the Jan 2016 Pathankot attack. What if the infiltrated terrorists had succeeded in blowing up several aircraft? How would...

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The Eagle, The Dragon, The Elephant and The Bear

The Eagle, The Dragon, The Elephant and The Bear

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 12 Jun , 2016

Indians indeed have never been more confident of their future in history and that is reflected in every field. The elephant is more sure-footed than the Chinese Dragon or the British Lion. This...

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Pakistan’s Strategic Dilemma

Pakistan’s Strategic Dilemma

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Apr , 2016

Pakistani threat of use of low yield nuclear weapon on its own territory against Indian spearheads is a big lie. Both in time and space, the Pakistani threat of use of these  nuclear weapons...

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Who bother about Military History?

Who bother about Military History?

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Mar , 2016

The short answer to this question, none! After having spent over 30 years in the field, I can say this with certainty. With a few honourable exceptions like late General Palit and General Sinha...

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Does India lack Strategic Culture?

Does India lack Strategic Culture?

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Feb , 2016

Of late there has begun a lively debate on Indian strategic culture or lack of it. Some have referred to the “Panipat Syndrome’ while some others have harked back to Chanankya. Indian...

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Long Term View of Indian Security

Long Term View of Indian Security

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Dec , 2015

The PM’s recent emphasis and campaign to ‘make in India’ is certainly far better than the whole sale import of entire weapon systems. This will at least ensure jobs in India and some degree...

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Mythology of Limited War

Mythology of Limited War

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Oct , 2015

“Future conflicts are going to be short but intense wars before international pressure forces a cease fire. Both sides will try to gain maximum territory to use as a bargaining counter in...

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Cold Start Doctrine

Cold Start Doctrine

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Vol 26.2 Apr-Jun 2011 | Date: 26 Sep , 2015

India has been victim of proxy war since 1999. First in Kargil in May 1999 when regular Pakistani soldiers in garb of ‘Kashmir Freedom Fighters’ infiltrated and seized dominating heights...

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The Naga Peace Accord: A Historical Context

The Naga Peace Accord: A Historical Context

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Aug , 2015

It is often said that history is chronicle of follies of the past! The history of Nagaland conflict aptly fits that description. It is worthwhile to take a dispassionate look at the past so that...

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Diagnosing War on Terrorism: Some Thoughts

Diagnosing War on Terrorism: Some Thoughts

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jul , 2015

The term Global Terrorism or more correctly ‘war against terrorism’ came in vogue only after 9/11 when the US suffered terrorist attack on its homeland as a blow back to its misguided Afghan...

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Principles of War for Nuclear Age

Principles of War for Nuclear Age

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jun , 2015

In any discipline, some theoretical principles govern or explain most of actions/events. For long time Principles of War have played that role in Art of War. These are not laws in formal sciences...

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Primacy of Deterrence in Nuclear Age

Primacy of Deterrence in Nuclear Age

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jun , 2015

A real ‘revolution’ in history of warfare was ushered in 1945 when the human beings tapped the forces of nature trapped in tiny atom, a force of vast proportion that has the capability of...

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