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 

India-Maldives ties are still quite fragile

India-Maldives ties are still quite fragile

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 | Ashok K Mehta

India has managed to upstage China in Maldives but the situation is very fluid due to internal political dynamics and religious extremism Maldives is the world’s ninth smallest country at 90,000 sq km, geographically dispersed with four lakh people inhabiting 200 of its 1,192 islands, with some used for agriculture and...

Nepal’s judiciary rises to the occasion

Nepal’s judiciary rises to the occasion

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 | Ashok K Mehta

With the return of Sher Bahadur Deuba and the Opposition alliance, India has been dealt a tricky hand; thanks to the Supreme Court’s independence Never before has the Supreme Court revived a dissolved House twice in five months as on July 12 in Nepal. This is a record smacking of infirmities...

Is Afghanistan now up for grabs?

Is Afghanistan now up for grabs?

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 | Ashok K Mehta

In theory, the transition will now be genuinely Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled. But how much of it will translate into reality? Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of High Council of National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah met US President Joe Biden last Friday at the White House, four days before the accelerated...

Resistance to coup bleeds Myanmar

Resistance to coup bleeds Myanmar

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 | Ashok K Mehta

State administration has shut down due to rail, health, bank and civil servants being AWOL and the country’s economy has collapsed Military coups, if successful, have instant rewards. Failure produces retribution of the worst kind. In stable democracies, the military is seen to be under civilian control and acting as per...

Heads or tails, Oli wins. Or, does he?

Heads or tails, Oli wins. Or, does he?

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 | Ashok K Mehta

Our neighbourhood is in turmoil, democratically and constitutionally, but the ruling political powers there need to learn their lessons as well Call it a quirk of fate, constitutional fallibility or inspired interpretation of law, that every time the dice was rolled, it was Victory Oli facilitated by comrade in manipulation, President...

Nepal needs to quell the mess

Nepal needs to quell the mess

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 | Ashok K Mehta

Though not highly popular, and ironic, Oli looks better poised to form a Government. And the Himalayan State needs one The five most powerful and, according to a study of the Nepalese media, easily the most despised Prime Minister Nepal has ever had among the 43 who made it, was sworn...

The Myanmar crisis lingers on

The Myanmar crisis lingers on

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 | Ashok K Mehta

The General has to decide whether to escalate the conflict or seek a temporary pact through a mediated political dialogue The most effective means of foiling a coup is a countercoup. In Myanmar, that will not happen as the military is rock solid and led by an officer corps that considers...

The conundrum gets trickier

The conundrum gets trickier

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | Ashok K Mehta

The Supreme Court’s scathing judgment notwithstanding, Nepal's PM KP Oli has prorogued the House a second time After the Supreme Court of Nepal on February 23 overturned Prime Minister (PM) KP Oli’s decision to dissolve Parliament, he prorogued the House session on Monday afternoon. A two-year power struggle between Oli and his...

State Editions

Delhi Metro installs 14 anti-smog guns

06 December 2021 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Over 540 trees to make way for RRTS corridor in Delhi

06 December 2021 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Over 1 lakh challans issued by Delhi Police in two months

06 December 2021 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

DDA talks to villagers for land pooling

06 December 2021 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

EDMC acts against property tax defaulters

06 December 2021 | PNS | Delhi

Sharpshooter of Kapil Sangwan gang arrested

06 December 2021 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Sunday Edition

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05 December 2021 | AP | Agenda

OH! Mi-cron

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