Ashok K Mehta


Ashok K Mehta is a retired Lt General of the Indian Army. He writes extensively on defence matters and anchors Defence Watch on Doordarshan 

End of IS may see acts of desperation

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Defeating the Islamic State militarily is necessary but insufficient to confront its brand of terror... and Europe is bracing for the blowback In September 2015, in an elaborate war gaming exercise at the prestigious International Institute of Counter Terrorism in Israel, experts role-modelling different actors representing the US, Russia, Europe, Middle...

Will Trump’s new Afghan policy be a game-changer?

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Although the new policy on drone strikes in Af-Pak has not been revealed, the big question is: Will Trump authorise drone strikes against Pakistan's ‘good terrorists' or will he act no different from Bush and Obama? US President Donald Trump’s Fort Myer speech was the ultimate on India coming out of...

Regaining hearts and minds of the Nepalese

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Though post-Doklam, China has said it welcomes strong India-Nepal relations, New Delhi has to keep its one-time blue eyed boy, KP Oli, on the right side The pomp and pageantry of Rashtrapati Bhavan accorded, pleasantries exchanged, and all good things said, made four-time Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India...

What Donald Trump did not say is more critical

Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Donald Trump's U-turn on Afghanistan and termination of the long and tortuous policy-making process are welcome. But two key elements not indicated are the length of the mission and force augmentation numbers US President Donald Trump’s U-turn on Afghanistan and the termination of the long and tortuous policy-making process are a...

Unlearned lessons from the 1962 war

Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement in the Rajya Sabha regarding defence preparedness was generic but can be challenged on two counts: Operational readiness and learning lessons Unusually, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley conspicuously skipped mentioning China or Pakistan in their traditional independence day speeches. Though speaking...

Of locking and unlocking India-China stand-off

Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

By encroaching upon Bhutanese territory, the PLA was the first one to tie the knot. If argued with Chinese characteristics, it must be the first to untie. This can lead to a sequenced or simultaneous withdrawal Last Friday, senior Colonel Zhou Bo and this writer were together on the China Global...

India-China spat: More serious than realized

Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

The immediate task is to defuse the stand-off at Doklam. It may require External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meeting her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to untie the knot More than a month after the standoff at Doklam, the reading of tea leaves by India and China is different. The latest statements...

Tensions at tri-junction will benefit none

Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Clearly, the Chinese PLA have violated Bhutanese territory. India is in Dokalam, fulfilling treaty obligations. Escalation of any kind is not the answer. Sanity lies in returning to positions held before June 16 The continuing “civilised stand-off” between the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Indian soldiers astride Dokalam plateau on the...

War-mongering doesn’t lead to any solution

Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Certain sections of the electronic media have in the garb of nationalism, commandeered military choices and are aggressively setting the agenda on the India-Pakistan dispute Days before last Sunday’s India-Pakistan final at Oval, which India lost resoundingly, the foreplay in television studios resembled the meticulous preparations for the 1971 war. While...

Roti-beti appeal is fine, what of China factor?

Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

New Delhi has had a roller-coaster relationship with Nepal, partly due to its own errors and partly because of Kathmandu’s internal politics. Now there are external challenges The last two weeks, I was fortunate to be in Nepal — Kathmandu, Pokhara and the villages around Pokhara — during the counting of...


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