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 

Stalemate in Ladakh

Stalemate in Ladakh

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

India has accepted a China-dictated disengagement model: The creation of buffer zones while withdrawing from its own territory and forfeiting legitimate rights of patrolling Twelve weeks after the intrusions in Ladakh, Lt Gen YK Joshi, in charge of managing the Line of Control (LoC) and the Line of Actual Control (LAC)...

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...

Foreign policy put to test

Foreign policy put to test

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

For Nepal, balancing India and China is challenging; expecting it to also balance America and Beijing would be walking a tightrope. For India, regaining space lost to China will be a long haul I go to Nepal twice a year. Once during Holi and the other on Tihar (Nepali bhai dooj)...

Neighbourhood challenge

Neighbourhood challenge

Monday, 16 March 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

Irrespective of India’s Look East and Act East policy, bilateral relations between New Delhi and Naypyidaw have been stalled because of China’s dominance Following an infructuous spell of looking east, India’s Act East Policy (AEP) is hobbled by snags in connectivity, continuing insurgencies, agitations, blockades and extortion in the North-east and...

Door to diplomacy

Door to diplomacy

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

As we celebrate the first anniversary of Balakot, one of the biggest challenges facing the Indian subcontinent and West Asia is of managing cross-border air strikes On the first anniversary of Balakot, which is today, challenges of managing cross-border air strikes are worth recalling. Prevention of high-stake military action — initiation...

No josh in defence Budget

No josh in defence Budget

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

Winning elections and wars are not in the same league. The Govt can no longer camouflage its declining defence modernisation programme with high symbolism and hyper-nationalism Two recent trends inimical to the country’s national security — the politicisation of the military and a flat and negative defence modernisation Budget — worrying...

Mixed bag of achievements

Mixed bag of achievements

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

The Modi Government must be complimented for taking hefty decisions on the defence front. Yet, the truth is that its focus has been on symbolism and politicising the military The format of the Republic Day parade is still evolving in finding the right balance between displaying military prowess, cultural heritage, technological...

Take the bull by the horns

Take the bull by the horns

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 | Ashok K Mehta

The architecture under which the newly-appointed CDS has been placed and the charter given to him is commendable, provided the system lets him do his work As the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Bipin Rawat has hit the ground running. He has been tasked with — or is expected...

State Editions

BSES discoms’ replacement scheme for ACs, fans

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Govt sends notices to 5,584 firms for not filing GST returns

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Pay salaries of Covid warriors, Cong workers tell Kejriwal

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

FIR filed against six revenue officials among 12 people

08 August 2020 | Parvesh Sharma | Delhi

SDMC swings into action as vector-borne diseases surge

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

CSE welcomes notification of EV Policy

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Sunday Edition

Bonded with love

02 August 2020 | Navneet Mendiratta | Agenda

A spiritual bond

02 August 2020 | Sant Rajinder Singh | Agenda

Astrological remedies for cure

02 August 2020 | Acharya Praveen Chauhan | Agenda

Do we know all the factors?

02 August 2020 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | Awareness is Godliness

02 August 2020 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

A new chapter begins

02 August 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer