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 

Time for India, Nepal to recalibrate ties

Wednesday, 11 Apr 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Oli won the election on an anti-India campaign which became synonymous with ultra-nationalism. His term marks the start of India-China competition in the Himalayan state Prime Minister KP Oli arrived half an hour late for his last function organised by the BJP’s India Foundation, the party’ informal diplomatic outreach. A...

India, Nepal must turn the page to a new chapter

Wednesday, 28 Mar 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

As the red carpet is being laid out for Oli’s visit, India trusts the new Government in Nepal will be mindful of its legitimate security interests, including honouring its traditional red lines Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli who lambasted India after the 2015 blockade, accused it of toppling his Government in...

Schooling for valour: Shaping hearts and minds

Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

The Rashtriya Indian Military College is rightly termed the nursery of India's Armed Forces; and its legacy is truly incomparable Nestled in the Shivaliks in Dehradun valley is the most prized and elegant real estate. Four years short of its centenary, the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) is celebrating its grand...

Time to end neglect of Army’s sword arm

Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

India has lost more soldiers in Jammu & Kashmir and the North-East than in all the wars it has fought. Eighty per cent of these casualties are from the infantry Why has the sword arm of the Indian Army, its infantry, been neglected for 13 years? Only this month, due to...

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...


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