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Ashok K. Mehta

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Amsterdam Diary

Amsterdam Diary

Dec 18, 2019

Line Of Northern Disturbances

Line Of Northern Disturbances

Sep 18, 2019

From Younghusband’s foray, the Simla Conference and their contentious legacy barbing Sino-Indian ties, this is a compendious, well-balanced account

Bhutan Diary

Bhutan Diary

Mar 27, 2019

Himalayan range, Valleys, Buddha statues: In Outlook this week, a diary from Bhutan.

Burnt Leaves Of The Chinar

Burnt Leaves Of The Chinar

Mar 19, 2019

A comprehensive study of Kashmir looks at its history, the conflict, the irretrievable tangle of interests and casts a gimlet eye on political bungling

Berlin Trialogue Diary

Berlin Trialogue Diary

Nov 08, 2018

A former major general's diary from Berlin trialogue between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Resumption Of India-Pak Dialogue Can Be Ruled Out Till 2019 Elections

Resumption Of India-Pak Dialogue Can Be Ruled Out Till 2019 Elections

Sep 19, 2018

Resumption of the on-off dialogue process started in 1997 can be ruled out. This has become hostage to India insisting on stopping terrorism and Pakistan on starting talks on Kashmir first. The first window on dialogue will open after the 2019 elections.

The Cart Can’t Pull The Horse

The Cart Can’t Pull The Horse

May 16, 2018

And the Defence Planning Committee can’t really improve defence management

Sri Lanka Diary

Sri Lanka Diary

Apr 06, 2017

A country ravaged by 30 years of brutal war and savage terrorism is today fast becoming the tourist hub of South Asia...

A Spitfire For The Monster’s Hiss

A Spitfire For The Monster’s Hiss

Feb 09, 2017

Managing China through Pakistan, while keeping the border peaceful, is held up as India’s goal. That, and acquiring more military muscle.

Talking The Walk

Talking The Walk

Aug 11, 2016

Our Pak policy: neither big stick, nor soft dialogue

The Talking Fist

The Talking Fist

Feb 04, 2016

Parrikar and Doval talk, but terror demands action

House Of Cards

House Of Cards

Oct 30, 2015

The two old enemies grapple with Kashmir and terror

Hong Kong Diary

Hong Kong Diary

Oct 09, 2015

Hong Kong is one of the most lucrative destinations for Nepali youth though it is not easy to get a work permit.

Tehran Diary

Tehran Diary

Jul 11, 2015

Tehran holds a mirror for New Delhi to emulate its Swachh Iran reality: no garbage, no beggars, no stray animals on the streets.

Is The Coup Finally Upon Us?

Is The Coup Finally Upon Us?

May 02, 2014

The Indian army has stayed out of politics, till now. Gen V.K. Singh’s entry will muddy the tradition.

Date Of Rebirth?

Date Of Rebirth?

Sep 27, 2013

In l’affaire Singh, the biggest casualty is national security

Mongolia Diary

Mongolia Diary

Jun 22, 2013

From beer to hotel chains, Brand Genghis rules. Ulaanbaatar has the highest per capita vodka consumption

Blood And Guts

Blood And Guts

Dec 21, 2012

Aayo Gorkhali. The 4/5 Gorkha Rifles had a grand reunion.

The Khukri Chronicles

The Khukri Chronicles

Nov 11, 2011

A Gorkha battalion celebrates 125 years of valour in war

Sri Lanka Diary

Sri Lanka Diary

Sep 23, 2011

Jaffna, the spiritual and intellectual capital of Sri Lankan Tamils, still wears a battle-scarred look, despite government and army efforts to rebuild it

Brussels Diary

Brussels Diary

May 27, 2011

If you were to visit Brussels today, you couldn't tell that, for nearly a year, Belgium has not had a government--and no one seems to mind too much.

Dhaka Diary

Dhaka Diary

Feb 05, 2011

Last time, I visited Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, it was as part of the Indian Army Liberation Forces, invited by the government in exile in support of the Mukti Bahini which had revolted against West Pakistan...

Pulling Punches

Pulling Punches

Dec 04, 2010

Says nothing new on the malaise in Indian strategic and defence planning

London Diary

London Diary

Nov 27, 2010

During my October 2010 club crawl, I counted ten of the best military and civilian clubs, cheek by jowl on the most expensive real estate in the heart of London’s West End.

Kabul Diary

Kabul Diary

Jan 09, 2010

Kabul Intercontinental is packed with Afghan seminarists debating ‘Empowering Afghan Press for Transitional Justice’ and ‘Subnational Public Administration Reforms’. Cloud nine stuff for jirga lovers.

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