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 

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...

Engage with Taliban

Engage with Taliban

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

While the US has made several U-turns in brokering peace in Afghanistan, India’s biggest policy failure has been the inability to make its only military base in Tajikistan operational The Afghanistan peace process has undergone nuanced changes and several U-turns under the Trump dispensation. These are worth reflecting upon. It is no...

Nobody joined the dots

Nobody joined the dots

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The Easter Sunday self-inflicted tragedy was in military parlance a total command failure, which is likely to take Sri Lanka a decade back Neither Sherlock Holmes nor Alfred Hitchcock would have been mystified by intelligence oversights that led to one of the world’s most dastardly terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka last...

Nurture ties that bind

Nurture ties that bind

Monday, 29 April 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Post the economic blockade of 2015, relations between India and Nepal have moved from static to steady. The next Government must do all it can to win Nepalese hearts In 2015, after the India-Nepal ties hit the lowest point during the promulgation of Nepal’s new Constitution and anti-India sentiment saw a...

Thinking global, acting local

Thinking global, acting local

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

While the revival of the LTTE in the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka has been ruled out, is a religious conflict in the offing? Or are multiple bombers the warning strikes? Sadly, Sri Lanka earning the sobriquet of being the only country to comprehensively eradicate terrorism could survive for just 10...

Stop milking the Army

Stop milking the Army

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The two military operations of the IAF and the Army may win the BJP another term in Government but will dangerously politicise the secular and professional armed forces VK Singh, the BJP’s candidate from Ghaziabad who polled a record number of votes in 2014 only next to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,...

Don’t politicise forces

Don’t politicise forces

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

A professional, secular and apolitical military is being utilised for electoral gains of the ruling establishment. Questioning it and the Government is kosher If the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returns to power two months from now, piggybacking the armed forces, one central fact will be eminently clear: The optics of...

Don’t misuse our forces

Don’t misuse our forces

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Crass politicisation of the Army is this government’s way of perpetuating cardinal sin. The EC must go beyond banning militarised banners, outlaw mention of operations A plethora of sweeping phraseology — “game-changer,” “paradigm shift” and even “calling Pakistan’s nuclear bluff” — has entered the strategic discourse post-Balakot, signalling a turning point...

State Editions

Amicus curiae seeks 2 weeks to file report

18 September 2019 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Boy assaulted by seniors for 4 days, left critically injured

18 September 2019 | NIMAI CHARAN SAHU | Bhubaneswar

Plastic ban in all urban areas from Oct 2

18 September 2019 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Demarcation in 75-metre security zone begins

18 September 2019 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Our take on religion stomachaches many: CM

18 September 2019 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Sunday Edition

The bare necessities Simple ideas that matter

15 September 2019 | Tim de Ridder | Agenda

Heal self For a better world

15 September 2019 | Sant Rajinder Singh | Agenda

Correct your self-image

15 September 2019 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | Watch over your karma

15 September 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Talktime | ‘I felt like an actor after doing LSD’

15 September 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

Pickle me pink

15 September 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer