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 

Sandwiched in between

Sandwiched in between

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Setbacks in India-Nepal ties have helped Beijing make considerable gains in that country. But close cultural ties bind Kathmandu and New Delhi and the Govt should work on them Yahan sab China ki taraf ja rahe hain. Aapko kuch karna padega (Here everyone is being drawn to China. You have...

Don’t politicise forces

Don’t politicise forces

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

A professional, secular and apolitical military is being utilised for electoral gains of the ruling establishment. Questioning it and the Government is kosher If the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returns to power two months from now, piggybacking the armed forces, one central fact will be eminently clear: The optics of...

Don’t misuse our forces

Don’t misuse our forces

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Crass politicisation of the Army is this government’s way of perpetuating cardinal sin. The EC must go beyond banning militarised banners, outlaw mention of operations A plethora of sweeping phraseology — “game-changer,” “paradigm shift” and even “calling Pakistan’s nuclear bluff” — has entered the strategic discourse post-Balakot, signalling a turning point...

Calling Pakistan’s bluff

Calling Pakistan’s bluff

Thursday, 28 February 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Like the surgical strikes failed to deter Pakistan from cross-border infiltration, deep penetration air strikes, too, will not stop it from waging a proxy war. Change has to come from within India crossed the red line in Pakistan for the first time since 1971 when its Air Force carried out audacious...

The soldier’s caretaker

The soldier’s caretaker

Saturday, 09 February 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

George Saab was one of the best Defence Ministers for whom the welfare and well-being of the Army personnel came first. Unfortunately, he wasn’t given his due For a former Defence Minister, even the most unlikely, George Fernandes was laid to rest without the traditional military honours due to him...

Chill in the Valley

Chill in the Valley

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

The non-initiation of dialogue is an immense disservice to our security forces. The momentum of internal talks must be matched by reviving the same with Pakistan A deeply poignant moment of the 70th Republic Day parade was the spellbinding citation of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani for the award of...

A fractured negotiation

A fractured negotiation

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

It is the Americans who are in a hurry to withdraw, not the Taliban. They can outwait them indefinitely. But what about the peace process? From an Indian perspective, Afghanistan turned out to be the flavour of the fourth edition of the Raisina Dialogue at New Delhi, which, compared to other...

The Afghan quandary

The Afghan quandary

Friday, 04 January 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

US Defence Secretary James Mattis’ resignation over troops pullout may be less justified than his abject failure to make his ‘last chance’ threat for Pakistan work Late in the last week of December 2018, for a full one week, reverberations from US President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement to cut 14,000 American...

State Editions

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26 January 2020 | Pioneer News Service | Lucknow

MOu signed to enhance efficiency in health services of State

26 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Four injured in road accident

26 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Sunday Edition

WeeklyNatter

26 January 2020 | Pioneer | Sunday Pioneer

Talktime | ‘I believe in giving 200%’

26 January 2020 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

mind bender

26 January 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

Habit tendencies can derail venture

26 January 2020 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Planning to travel overseas? Be well-insured

26 January 2020 | Rohan Kumar | Agenda

Maluti: Jharkhand’s own terracotta land

26 January 2020 | Somen Sengupta | Agenda