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 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...

Arrest the widening gulf

Wednesday, 01 January 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

2019 is ending on a sombre note — the economy is in a shambles and the nation is polarised as never before. The Modi-Shah duo must discard its Hindutva projects for a better year ahead Looking back at 2019, the defining image of the year captured by The Indian Express was...

An unstable Nepal

Friday, 20 December 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Kathmandu may have a Government completing its full term in 2023 but Oli’s physical incapacity to be the Prime Minister will be the inflection point in Nepalese politics Three events witnessed by me recently have come to dominate the political landscape in Nepal: A new power-sharing deal between ailing Prime Minister...

An avoidable battlefront

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The concurrent rise of China and the communist parties of Nepal in South Asia is a fundamental shift in negating India’s primacy in Kathmandu. We must scale up ties in the neighbourhood Who would have ever imagined that effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had conquered the hearts and minds...

Forget the brag, get real

Saturday, 23 November 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Like in J&K, where the Government’s decision to split the former State into two Union Territories has led to resentment, undemocratic methods are allegedly under way in Nagaland, too On November 20, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated in the Rajya Sabha that after more than 100 days, the situation in...

Power shift in Colombo

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Sri Lanka’s new President Gotabaya has vowed to maintain neutral but friendly relations with foreign powers. He must be judged by his deeds, not words Gotabaya (Gota) Rajapaksa’s decisive victory in the presidential election was not entirely surprising though it has shocked the liberals in Colombo, becoming the most ethnically polarised...

The cross of valour

Saturday, 09 November 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Three Victoria Crosses for Second Fifth Gorkhas are a reminder of unparalleled action that prevented the Japanese army from reaching India Three Victoria Cross-winning actions of a single unit along the Tiddim-Bishenpur-Imphal road and one unknown British Sergeant and seven soldiers in a trench along with others at Garrison Hill in...

A ride into military school

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The defence academy at Khadakwasla is truly tri-service and a unique training institution, which sows the seeds of camaraderie, military ethos, customs and traditions Returning to one’s roots in soldiering is replete with nostalgia, inspiration and feeling 10 years younger. Revisiting the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Maharashtra, after more than...

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Grand musical journey

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Talktime : ‘I want to reach out to more people with better stories’

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