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 

Better late than never to contain China clout

Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

By attending a security conference in Delhi, Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe institutionalised high-level political engagements and enabled us to reclaim space lost to China in the last decade In 2014, while attending the Sri Lankan military’s prestigious defence seminar in Colombo, a Lankan General seriously joked about President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s “Made...

Of elections in neighbouring Nepal

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

The Nepali voter is wise — s/he brought the Maoists crashing down in the second Constituent Assembly election. This time too s/he can spring a surprise Barely three days are left for the historic simultaneous first phase of Parliamentary and Provincial post-Constitution election in Nepal but there has hardly been a...

India should be wary of ‘King Xi’

Wednesday, 08 Nov 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

An all-powerful People’s Liberation Army packed with loyalists can create adverse situations along the Line of Actual Control with India in disputed pockets Both China’s Supreme Leader Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have claimed victory over Doklam. It is part of a gentleman’s agreement cobbled together on August 28...

Fight online jehadism by telling better stories

Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

The way to tackle radicalisation on the internet is to de-emphasise use of kinetic force and counter the jehadi narrative with viable counter-narratives Despite the worst lone wolf carnage in the history of the US at Las Vegas, and the continuing counter-terror campaigns against Al Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates in...

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...


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