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 

The Garhwal Regiment’s glorious military heritage

The Garhwal Regiment’s glorious military heritage

Wednesday, 12 June 2024 | Ashok K Mehta

Lansdowne, steeped in military tradition since the establishment of the first Garhwal Battalion in 1887, tells a tale of valour and colonial legacy The still air in June over the Bhawani Dutt Joshi Parade Ground carved out of Kaludanda (renamed Lansdowne after the then Viceroy) converts into an air pocket when...

India is on the right track in Nepal

India is on the right track in Nepal

Wednesday, 21 February 2024 | Ashok K Mehta

Prachanda's adept balancing act and strategic positioning continue to shape the trajectory of Nepal's political future, with implications that extend beyond its borders Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) has completed 13 months of his third term, by far the most successful in leading Nepal with the Maoist party with just...

Unravelling colonial legacy in army heritage

Unravelling colonial legacy in army heritage

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 | Ashok K Mehta

Gradually, the military traditions are being overshadowed. The Republic Day Parade has transformed from a military display to a political and cultural event with military elements Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mere mention during the tri-service Commanders’ conference in 2022 on the ‘rich heritage of ancient Indian strategic thinking’ as part of...

LAC: Putting together the jigsaw puzzle

LAC: Putting together the jigsaw puzzle

Wednesday, 24 January 2024 | Ashok K Mehta

The Government's secrecy and censorship cast shadows on the true story of LAC, leaving critical gaps in the nation's defence narrative Unlike soldiers, diplomats and government officials are like the three wise monkeys. One such person not in that league I met more than a year ago told me about Chinese...

Thai Generals  bidiñg their time

Thai Generals bidiñg their time

Wednesday, 10 January 2024 | Ashok K Mehta

The Thailand military has re-written the Constitution and ensured the formation of a constitutional court and senate, without whose approval no elected Government can function This New Year, it was a toss-up between Goa and Thailand to escape the harsh Delhi winter. I first visited Thailand in 1989 from Sri Lanka...

Sunday Edition

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07 July 2024 | BKP SINHA and DR ARVIND K JHA | Agenda

ST. MORITZ SUMMER’S RICH ALPINE PALETTE

07 July 2024 | AKANKSHA DEAN | Agenda

Rejoice in the Monsoon Magic This Season

07 July 2024 | Sharmila Chand | Agenda

Who is a fool?

07 July 2024 | Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Agenda

A Resounding Tribute to Pandit Bhajan Sopori

07 July 2024 | SAKSHI PRIYA | Agenda

A Celebration of Artistic Diversity and Creative Dialogue

07 July 2024 | SAKSHI PRIYA | Agenda