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 

In remembrance of a versatile General

In remembrance of a versatile General

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

In the passing away of Rohan Daluwatte, Sri Lanka lost a dynamic thinking General who miraculously transformed the Army and brought honour to the country. Personally, I lost a dear friend who will be missed For me, remembering Rohan Daluwatte (Dallu), Sri Lanka’s first Chief of Defence Staff was a poignant...

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...

Time for India, Nepal to recalibrate ties

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

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 restless...

India, Nepal must turn the page to a new chapter

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

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 March 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

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 February 2018 | Ashok K Mehta

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 yearsIJ Only this month, due to...

State Editions

Togadia supports farmers’ demo in Raipur

19 September 2018 | Staff Reporter | Raipur

Centre urged to name J’suguda airport after Sai

19 September 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Boy drowns during idol immersion in B’ngir

19 September 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Now, DL, RC to be valid in e-form

19 September 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Vishwakarma worshipped with fervour in J’suguda

19 September 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Week-long Vishwakarma Puja begins at Paradip

19 September 2018 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Sunday Edition

The Tamil Nadu political churn

16 September 2018 | Kumar Chellapan | Agenda

The unexplored Guwahati

16 September 2018 | Somen Sengupta | Agenda

Stuck in the loop of history

16 September 2018 | TANYA MAlIK | Agenda

A rare Ray treat

16 September 2018 | ANUBHAV PRADHAN | Agenda

Culture Lane

16 September 2018 | Pioneer | Agenda


16 September 2018 | Pioneer | Agenda