J&K education system needs overhaul to check radicalisation: Army chief

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

"We have to have good firewalls and systems", said Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat in Delhi.

General Bipin Rawat said that India needs to shift focus from its border with Pakistan to that with China, cautioning that the country can not allow its neighbours to drift towards China, virtually asking the Government to effectively implement its "neighbourhood first" policy.

The army chief said India can not allow its neighbours to drift away to China. "We understand China is a powerful country, but we are also not a weak nation", he said.

Asked about increase in incidents of interaction between Indian and Chinese soldiers, the Army chief said it is a result of increase in the number of Indian troops on the borders and increased patrolling.

India will handle China's growing assertiveness and has stepped up patrols on their disputed border to head off more standoffs, the country's top army officer declared Friday.

He said Chinese troops have maintained their presence in Doklam on the border though their numbers have thinned.

Amid aggressive Chinese efforts to increase its influence in the region, the Army chief said India can not allow its neighbours to drift away to China. "Most are coming from schools where a lot of disinformation (is spread)" he said. "Should they come again, we will see what to do", he stated.

The border dispute began in mid-June after Chinese troops started building a road on the Himalayan plateau. He said as India intervened in the territory of another country, the Ministry of External Affairs was made the sole spokesperson to avoid confusion.

"The other issue is the madrasas and masjids - what is being informed to them (the students) or incorrectly informed to them is through the madrasas and masjids". Stating that India was prepared for any eventuality during the 73-day faceoff in Doklam past year, he said all effort was made to ensure that no conflict takes place between the two sides.

In reply to another question, he said India and the United States were deliberating on a proposal to appoint military liaison officers at each others combatant commands.

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