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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 

Why military reforms are always elusive

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Rhetoric like ‘India is prepared for a two-front war’ will not change realities. Only careful planning and budgeting will fuel defence modernisation and cut manpower costs. We must learn from the UK Keeping his promise of making America great again, Pentagon has been given the biggest ever defence Budget in the...

Sending wrong signals to the Army

Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

The absence of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers from the Army Day function, coupled with other anomalies, has raised the hackles of our men and women in uniform This month, on Army Day it is being said, serving officers and veterans were astonished to notice that the hallowed stone platform...

What next after Trump’s tirade against Pakistan?

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Regardless of the war of words between the US and Pakistan, the question is: How will America respond to Islamabad's demand for it to ‘do more' when it has been saying ‘no more’ US President Donald Trump’s New Year tweet about Pakistan being a haven for terrorists and having given nothing...

What are the ways to punish Pakistan?

Wednesday, 03 Jan 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

As during the surgical strikes last year, the depth of the Indian punitive strike last week was hamstrung by operational imperatives For the CRPF, the New Year in Kashmir started on a bad note. Three Jaish-e Mohammad fidayeen including, surprisingly, two locals, infiltrated their camp in Pulwama killing five and wounding...

India must tread very softly in Nepal

Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

New Delhi needs to pay attention to the growing anti-India sentiment in Nepal and take corrective measures before the new administration leans even more towards China No major change has occurred in Nepal without India’s implicit involvement: The dismantling of the Rana regime to restore monarchy, initiation of democracy, restoration of...

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...


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