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 

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...

New Lanka challenge for Indian regime

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

New Delhi must work closely with the present dispensation in Colombo and occupy as much of the strategic space as it gets in the fiercely contested region Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Sri Lanka this month for the international Vesak Day, the Buddhist country’s most revered day, at a time...

Of our Armed Forces, that are barely armed

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

The Government repeatedly talks of strengthening our defence forces to meet present and potential challenges, but it provides little by way of funds and focused direction so that the military can fully achieve its purpose After four months in office, chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, who was appointed after...

Pains of tackling both terror and Pakistan

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

India seems to have lost the moral high ground on combating terrorism by what some people are calling as ‘Doval-isation'. Even moderate elements in Pakistan are seeking moral equivalence with India As the convenor of an uninterrupted India-Pakistan track II conference since 2003, even as we were exploring at Dubai, ways...

When the party interest overrides national cause

Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

As Defence Minister, with one leg in Goa and the other in South Block, Parrikar’s party interests prevailed over national interest. The defence portfolio has been given to Jaitley. This says something about the Modi regime Changing India’s Defence Minister seems to have become a new normal for this Government. For...


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