Articles By Col Anil Athale

Factor of legitimacy in use of force in countering insurgency

Factor of legitimacy in use of force in countering insurgency

By: Col Anil Athale | Date: 21 Apr , 2015

Military men by training and instinct are suspicious of academic and philosophical speculation. But all over the world today, they are increasingly tasked to tackle insurgencies, a problem that...

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Defence : dangerous drift!

Defence : dangerous drift!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Apr , 2015

In another two months time the Modi led BJP govt. will complete one year in office. One has waited in vain for the much needed correction on some fundamental defence issues like the country’s...

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Defence Preparedness: An unforgiving opportunity

Defence Preparedness: An unforgiving opportunity

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Jul , 2014

At Rs. 2.29 lakh crore, Defence expenditure is the largest component of the national budget. But true to Parkinson Law, when the figures are astronomical and beyond the grasp of human mind, the...

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The ‘Why’ of Rethinking Indian Nuclear Deterrence!

The ‘Why’ of Rethinking Indian Nuclear Deterrence!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jul , 2014

Indian nuclear decision making was always in the global political context. These were almost exclusively political decisions with the armed forces not in the loop. The 1974 Pokhran I tests were...

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Counterinsurgency: No Win Situation and Inflexion Point

Counterinsurgency: No Win Situation and Inflexion Point

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jun , 2014

It has become a popular cliché to describe insurgency and counter-insurgency as struggle for hearts and minds of the people. It must be reiterated that it is also a struggle between hearts and...

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Insurgency, Counter-Insurgency and Peace - I

Insurgency, Counter-Insurgency and Peace - I

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 26 Mar , 2012

Counter-insurgency is a complex phenomenon demanding a complex solution. Any attempt at reductionism can be an invitation to disaster. Although it is very much a form of warfare fitting into the...

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Insurgency, Counter-Insurgency and Peace - II

Insurgency, Counter-Insurgency and Peace - II

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 25 Mar , 2012

Counter-insurgency is a complex phenomenon demanding a complex solution. Any attempt at reductionism can be an invitation to disaster. Although it is very much a form of warfare fitting into the...

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Defence Research : India's Achilles Heel

Defence Research : India's Achilles Heel

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

While India seems well set on the path of becoming an economic power house, this castle is being built on shifting sand. India remains vulnerable as ever to the rouge nations in our neighbourhood...

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