Ashok K Mehta

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 

Military might & slight

Military might & slight

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

Implicating war heroes in coup conspiracies, assassination plots and contrived misdemeanours for political reasons undermines the health of Sri Lanka’s military With no effective Government in Sri Lanka after the soft coup by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26, a floor test for the two prime ministerial claimants scheduled on November...

Chimera around the Quad quandary

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

India has to play the balancing act. It must constructively engage with the US and China to preserve its strategic autonomy through multi-alignment After the second India-China Maritime Affairs Dialogue held in Beijing last week, it was made clear to China that the evolving India-Pacific strategy was not aimed at China’s...

Mastering the art of politicisation

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

Surgical strikes have been used to the hilt by the BJP which prides itself on its commitment to the military and national security. With the launch of the video, it is at it again It is unfortunate that the already politicisedissue of surgical strikes against terror camps in PoK was revived...

Will Nepal choose India over China?

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

It seems China and India may cohabit in Nepal with the advantage slowly returning to New Delhi provided it acts to mitigate excesses of the blockade The mood of optimism in Nepal is palpable. The grand old party, Nepali Congress has been severely marginalised after its election debacle. The leftists/Communists are...

A fighting General, a thinking man

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

An epitome of courage, Zorawar Chand Bakshi did not know the meaning of fear. As Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw would have said: He was either lying or he was a Gorkha The pity is that despite India having fought many wars, skirmishes, counter insurgencies and counter-terrorism operations than any other country,...

Dangers of using the Army as a prop

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

The apolitical nature of the military is a pillar of India's democratic institutions; it enables loyalty to the Constitution. The political class should ensure it remains the same The Modi Government will be celebrating four years of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas this week. It might be useful to factor military lessons...

Failing on defence planning, as always

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

The DPC is too little too late and appears to be an attempt to obfuscate defence planning and higher political management. Missing defence reforms have to be forced top down, overruling babucracy Four years after coming to office, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Government hurled a surprise at the defence...

Busting myth around the Bajwa Doctrine

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

Just like there is no ‘Doval Doctrine’, the ‘Bajwa Doctrine’ is also non-existent. It is a misnomer; at best it’s a storm in a teacup The much-bandied Bajwa Doctrine is a misnomer. At best, it’s a storm in a teacup. Either a journalist in Pakistan has coined this term or...

State Editions

Odia singer Chitta Jena dies at 76

14 November 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Ganjam lawyer assaulted in police station

14 November 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

CB fails again to comply with High Court order

14 November 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

State releases Healthcare Vision-2025

14 November 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

MiO fetches Rs 4.20L-cr investment offers

14 November 2018 | SUDARSHAN CHHOTORAY | Bhubaneswar

5 MoUs signed for skill development in State

14 November 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Sunday Edition

70 shanties gutted in Rohini blaze

11 November 2018 | Staff Reporter | Sunday Pioneer

6-day fest to celebrate Urdu heritage, culture begins in city

11 November 2018 | Staff Reporter | Sunday Pioneer

Statue of Unity sees 27K visitors on Sat

11 November 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

BJP gets control of all civic bodies in J&K's Kathua

11 November 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

T grand alliance partners hold talks, CPI demands more seats

11 November 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer