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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 

Chimera around the Quad quandary

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

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 Jul 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

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 Jun 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

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 Jun 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

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 | in Edit

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 | in Edit

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 Apr 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

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...

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...


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