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 

Long haul in Ladakh

Long haul in Ladakh

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

With no face-to-face discussion taking place between the two nations, a grand bargain cannot be expected in the near future In the absence of a face-to-face meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, likely due to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and BRICS summits at Moscow going...

Stand up to the dragon

Stand up to the dragon

Thursday, 02 July 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

The lesson from Galwan for India is to keep up its guard. Right now, neither the diplomatic mechanism nor dialogue will result in a breakthrough. May be a Modi-Xi summit can help On the ground in eastern Ladakh, there is a profound lack of clarity after the Galwan fracas. It is...

Not an ordinary face-off

Not an ordinary face-off

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

Fatal clashes along the border come at a time when India and China mark 70 years of diplomatic ties. Tension must be defused through politico-diplomatic intervention at the highest level Prevailing tension in eastern Ladakh during the ongoing disengagement exploded into a fatal clash on Monday night in the Galwan River...

Reset ties with Nepal

Reset ties with Nepal

Monday, 01 June 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

India-Nepal relations are too precious to be damaged by territorial nationalism. It’s time for New Delhi to break the ice Some back-channeling and rethinking between Nepal’s ruling party and the Opposition, despite the Nepali Congress conditionally agreeing to support the Constitutional Amendment Bill and it's being tabled in Parliament to sanctify...

Power games in Nepal

Power games in Nepal

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

The new political map and a road to Lipulekh have sown fresh seeds of discord whose principal beneficiary is Beijing. Nimbleness was needed from New Delhi in defusing the crisis Already riding high, China has used the Corona pandemic to extend its political influence in Nepal. Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke...

Afghan quest continues

Afghan quest continues

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

With the Afghan peace deal on hold due to its infirmities and COVID-19, India has its role cut out: To open a back channel with the Taliban and carve out a place in intra-Afghan dialogue For the Americans especially, the most spectacular political event in the first quarter of 2020 was...

Sun will shine, again

Sun will shine, again

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

With more than 20,000 deaths, Spain, which used to be a tourism hotspot, has turned into a contagion hotbed. But hopes are high that it will soon be able to return to normalcy In Europe, Spain, with a population of 46 million, is closely following the footsteps of Italy in terms...

Diplomacy is the key

Diplomacy is the key

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

Surgical strikes after Uri and at Balakot have not ended terrorism and infiltration has increased despite lockdown. The post-COVID-19 environment may provide a window to restart process For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the use of surgical strikes has become the new-normal in resolving intractable problems like cross-border terrorism, black money and...

State Editions

Covid-19 cases on  decline in State

25 October 2020 | PNS | Ranchi

IN BRIEF

25 October 2020 | PNS | Ranchi

Lalu likely to sacrifice goats to please Goddess Durga

25 October 2020 | VIJAY DEO JHA | Ranchi

Congress intensifies poll campaign in Bermo

25 October 2020 | PNS | Ranchi

JD(U) joins hands with  BJP for by-election

25 October 2020 | PNS | Ranchi

Sunday Edition

Dussehra of Kulasekaranpatinam, Tuticorin

25 October 2020 | Experts | Agenda

The Return of Delhi Smog

25 October 2020 | Sonal Shukla | Agenda

Astroturf: Season of empowerment

25 October 2020 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Dauntless picks

25 October 2020 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

Talktime | ‘It’s a matter of perception on how to value artwork’

25 October 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

‘I shifted to NY to explore international music’

25 October 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer