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 

Hold on to Chushul

Hold on to Chushul

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

Any agreement with China, which is about a piecemeal disengagement, is unacceptable. Surrendering one’s trumpcard is a monumental folly A disengagement deal on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, whose ingredients have been leaked, is being considered by the Government. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned it in mid-October...

Stalemate in Ladakh

Stalemate in Ladakh

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

India has accepted a China-dictated disengagement model: The creation of buffer zones while withdrawing from its own territory and forfeiting legitimate rights of patrolling Twelve weeks after the intrusions in Ladakh, Lt Gen YK Joshi, in charge of managing the Line of Control (LoC) and the Line of Actual Control (LAC)...

Muddling through

Muddling through

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

The actual situation along the LAC is by no means what is being depicted. This is where the battle of narratives is either compromised or lost when we should be calling the shots Deciphering the statements made by India and China after the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) meeting...

Stand up to the dragon

Stand up to the dragon

Thursday, 02 July 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

The lesson from Galwan for India is to keep up its guard. Right now, neither the diplomatic mechanism nor dialogue will result in a breakthrough. May be a Modi-Xi summit can help On the ground in eastern Ladakh, there is a profound lack of clarity after the Galwan fracas. It is...

Not an ordinary face-off

Not an ordinary face-off

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

Fatal clashes along the border come at a time when India and China mark 70 years of diplomatic ties. Tension must be defused through politico-diplomatic intervention at the highest level Prevailing tension in eastern Ladakh during the ongoing disengagement exploded into a fatal clash on Monday night in the Galwan River...

Reset ties with Nepal

Reset ties with Nepal

Monday, 01 June 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

India-Nepal relations are too precious to be damaged by territorial nationalism. It’s time for New Delhi to break the ice Some back-channeling and rethinking between Nepal’s ruling party and the Opposition, despite the Nepali Congress conditionally agreeing to support the Constitutional Amendment Bill and it's being tabled in Parliament to sanctify...

Power games in Nepal

Power games in Nepal

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

The new political map and a road to Lipulekh have sown fresh seeds of discord whose principal beneficiary is Beijing. Nimbleness was needed from New Delhi in defusing the crisis Already riding high, China has used the Corona pandemic to extend its political influence in Nepal. Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke...

Afghan quest continues

Afghan quest continues

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

With the Afghan peace deal on hold due to its infirmities and COVID-19, India has its role cut out: To open a back channel with the Taliban and carve out a place in intra-Afghan dialogue For the Americans especially, the most spectacular political event in the first quarter of 2020 was...

State Editions

The Pioneer RE bereaved

27 November 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

CM warns against callousness in paddy procurement

27 November 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

French envoy visits Gorakhnath temple

27 November 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

Police permission not required for weddings

27 November 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

Sunday Edition

The new crisis point Children’s mental health

22 November 2020 | Kaartik Gupta | Agenda

Accounting for Karma

22 November 2020 | Sant Rajinder Singh | Agenda

Find your peace post a fight

22 November 2020 | Dr Anju Sharma | Agenda

Ten questions to ask self

22 November 2020 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | Know what you are worth

22 November 2020 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Making world greener

22 November 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer