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 

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...

Gains in reaching out to moderate Taliban

Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

As sought by President Ghani, UNSC must activate a non-interference mechanism for verification of frontier activities. Rawalpindi, on its part, must help fight the real enemy and not create a smokescreen of the IS This month, the United National Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2344 (2017) extended the mandate of United...

Using electoral gains for new policy thrust

Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

After the surgical strikes and electoral victories, Prime Minister Modi stands a better chance of making peace with Pakistan. ‘Neighbourhood First’ being the centrepiece of his policy, talks with Pakistan need to resume The landmark State elections are over. It is a stunning victory for the ruling BJP. While there was...

Checks and balances to ensure soldiers’ safety

Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Counter-terrorism is a fine art which involves defeating the capacity of the terrorists. The Army must, therefore, re-think on the use of force, ensuring that lives of soldiers are treated as preciously as those of civilians Last week, two counter-terrorism operations had to be called off in south Kashmir due to...

Managing Colombo in a changed situation

Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

If Sri Lanka's strategic thinking, that the Lankan Navy will handle security at the Colombo port city, holds, and the sell-out to China during Rajapaksa's tenure is pushed back, one of New Delhi's worries can end Sri Lankan foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently suggested that the new Constitution was designed to...


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