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 

On Defence, Govt running on empty

On Defence, Govt running on empty

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

The Government recently announced that it has renamed the Tour of Duty as Project Agniveer but the mention of a new CDS was still missing His name came up for Army Chief before he retired after Gen Rawat’s tragic death, and now as CDS. Just as the Government by process of...

Leave the zeitgeist of Beating Retreat alone

Leave the zeitgeist of Beating Retreat alone

Wednesday, 09 February 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

A few traditional ceremonies have an old-world charm associated with them. It’s not advisable to tinker with these for enhanced visual appeal Nobody will deny that the 1,000 drones-empowered son et lumiere was a resounding spectacle to showcase the nation’s atma nirbharta programmes and technological triumphs. But its timing, coupling it...

The eternal flame can’t be partial to our soldiers

The eternal flame can’t be partial to our soldiers

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

The ‘othering’ of Indian soldiers in colonial times was the biggest disservice to the collective memory of the armed forces; it must be rectified now In his book Surrender at Dacca: Birth of a Nation, Lt Gen JFR Jacob utilised one page to state: “The rifle and helmet that forms the...

The legacy of truly martial Wellington

The legacy of truly martial Wellington

Wednesday, 12 January 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

Dotted with four unmissable landmarks — the Madras Regimental Centre, DSSC, Wellington Gymkhana Club and Stavka, it is steeped in rich history Wellington (in the Nilgiris, not New Zealand) derives its name from the famous Duke who earned his spurs in campaigns he fought in India. The place has four unmissable...

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