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 

Dealing with  the dragon

Dealing with the dragon

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

The indomitable neighbour in China is testing India’s diplomacy and prowess; but we are found wanting on both as it goes all out to extract its pound of flesh India missed a good opportunity in nudging the disengagement and de-escalation process at the Samarkand summit last week after China had made...

Sri Lanka hopes for a rising tide

Sri Lanka hopes for a rising tide

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

Following the worst economic crisis in Sri Lankan history, the magic of the Rajapaksa clan is on the wane. Ranil Wickeremesinghe is now the go-to man It’s Day 54 of ‘Gota Go Home’ protests. The protestors representing all sections of society have thinned but the resolve to get President Gotabaya Rajapaksa...

Govt fumbling on Defence issues

Govt fumbling on Defence issues

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

The 26-month blanket ban on recruitment and rethinking over the charter of CDS are casting a shadow on our operational capabilities A nationalist Government that treats national security as a sacred patriotic duty has surprisingly pulled the brakes and taken a laid-back position on two critical Defence matters: Recruitment of Personnel...

Don’t compromise on military muscle

Don’t compromise on military muscle

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

Many regimental centres have not trained troops for nearly two years owing to the ban on recruitments on account of COVID The social media is aflutter with confusing news about military recruitment, which has been suspended for more than two years on account of COVID. As unemployed youth yearning to become...

The nation awaits a CDS after Rawat

The nation awaits a CDS after Rawat

Wednesday, 06 April 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

The conjecture among the Services officers is that the delay in appointing the new Chief of Defence Staff is linked to the Army chief of choice It is eminently clear why the Government has shown no sense of urgency in appointing a permanent Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to replace late...

Don’t neglect Army recruitment rallies

Don’t neglect Army recruitment rallies

Monday, 28 March 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

Recruitment has been frozen for two years due to the pandemic but the Defence Ministry seems oblivious to the perilous shortfalls due to this Pradeep Mehra, the lad captured in a video jogging 10 km in his preparation to join the Army, has a place guaranteed provided he is kosher in...

Nostalgia: The days of yore at RIMC

Nostalgia: The days of yore at RIMC

Monday, 14 March 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

The 100-year history of the Rashtriya Indian Military College is replete with great men, stories of their achievements and playful mischiefs At my age, memory is fading more gracefully than are my Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and Gorkha silk ties. The RIMC, when I joined in 1950, was called...

A helping hand for our neighbour Lanka

A helping hand for our neighbour Lanka

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 | Ashok K Mehta

The gritty little nation is gasping for survival in the face of a never-before economic crunch, and India must do what it can to help it out In the new year, India has seen more official engagement with Sri Lanka than with any other country. The country, which is struggling under...

State Editions

700-gram baby gets new life in city hosp

28 September 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Sahoo’s smart watch, CCTV disk sent for test

28 September 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

More thundershowers to lash State

28 September 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

CM in B’luru; Investors’ Meet today

28 September 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Shreemandir land records to be digitised

28 September 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

BBSR-Tirupati train from Oct 1

28 September 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Sunday Edition

Time to tame the rabble rousers

25 September 2022 | Navin Upadhyay | Agenda

Decode ‘those’ genes

25 September 2022 | HEALTH PIONEER | Agenda

COVID-19 Pandemic: The Battles India Won

25 September 2022 | Prof (Dr) Balram Bhargava | Agenda

NEWS BRIEF

25 September 2022 | HEALTH PIONEER | Agenda

Tobacco ads: Celebrities shirk moral responsibility

25 September 2022 | Nibedita Priyadarshini Jena | Agenda

Address fault lines, Raja yoga will bear fruit

25 September 2022 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda