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 

Take the bull by the horns

Take the bull by the horns

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

The architecture under which the newly-appointed CDS has been placed and the charter given to him is commendable, provided the system lets him do his work As the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Bipin Rawat has hit the ground running. He has been tasked with — or is expected...

Break the impasse

Break the impasse

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The international community is keen on an India-Pakistan dialogue. The Government must seize the window of opportunity at the grand opening of the Kartarpur Corridor Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Gujarat to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, (not father of...

Lanka’s electoral test

Lanka’s electoral test

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

With presidential polls in Sri Lanka scheduled later this year, internal security is one domain that is going to be on the minds of citizens The space for presidential contenders in Sri Lanka’s election on November 16 is crowding. The hopefuls are from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the breakaway...

Needed, a healing touch

Needed, a healing touch

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The Army remains the ultimate protector of the Sri Lankan people but there’s a need to track down human rights violations. The country must also stop demonising Muslims Last month, the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) held its ninth annual defence seminar under the shadow of the tragic Easter Sunday bombings in...

Soldiers battle two fronts

Soldiers battle two fronts

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A has put the Army in a new and unknown terrain even as it comes to grips with escalating resentment and radicalisation in the Valley The Indian Army has held Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) together since October 27, 1947, when troops were airlifted into Kashmir...

Lost art of development

Lost art of development

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Winning the hearts and minds of Kashmiris can alone facilitate their integration into India. Nothing can compensate what they have lost: Autonomy and special status Government agencies have reported that Friday prayers and Eid prayers were held in Jammu & Kashmir without incident. NDTV’s Srinagar correspondent Nazir Masoodi wished his mother...

Of broken promises

Of broken promises

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

While the Modi Government lauded the daring, determination and raw courage shown by our soldiers in Kargil, it failed to walk the talk on several issues pertaining to them It was ironic that speaking to serving and retired armed forces personnel at the grand finale of the 20th anniversary of the...

Defenceless defence

Defenceless defence

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The Budgetary allocation to the armed forces has been stagnant as Governments have failed to address the concern that modern warfare needs upgradation When former Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman — one of four in the Modi 1.0 government — presented her maiden finance budget, hope and expectation about the defence allocation...

State Editions

National Talent Hunt competition held

19 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Bhopalites enjoy delightful, energetic Saturday evening

19 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Two-day CA Students’ conference underway in full swing

19 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Kashmiri Pandits will be back to their homeland soon: Chouhan

19 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Conference held on cardiac diseases

19 January 2020 | PNS | Bhopal

Country needs a youthful party like SP: Mulayam

19 January 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

Sunday Edition

Soleimani’s killing: A new chapter in US-Iran enmity

19 January 2020 | Yasir Ali Mirza | Agenda

Will Trump’s trial be an endgame?

19 January 2020 | Manan Dwivedi | Agenda

Weekly Natter

19 January 2020 | Pioneer | Sunday Pioneer

Cheers to Italian luxury

19 January 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

Talktime | ‘TRPs have eaten up content’

19 January 2020 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

The rapist is you

19 January 2020 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer