Army Chief Bipin Rawat Suggests Curbs On Social Media To Control Terrorists

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Army Chief Bipin Rawat Suggests Curbs On Social Media To Control Terrorists

"In learning about China, Indian society has been misled by the military's selfish desire to enlarge its budget and gain bigger clout in the country's foreign relations, and its media's market orientation towards eye-catching reports", the article said, adding, "As a result, a hard-line approach to China is political correctness in India and the country is pushed to side with US, Japan and Australia".

Gen. Rawat said the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to take back the Rohingyas has proved to be beneficial, but noted that some of them might stay back.

The General was referring to the possibility of Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed forming a political party to contest elections.

"Putting some checks and curbs on Internet and social media that terrorist organisations always resort to".

Calling for collective action against terrorism, Gen. Rawat warned that mass destruction weapons, including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, falling in the hands of terrorists "would be disastrous for the humanity". "Terrorists are using systems which are highly technology enabled and transcending worldwide borders".

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Army Chief said that in a democratic country people would not like the curbs, but we have to take a call on whether we want a safe and secure environment and ready to accept these temporary curbs to fight terrorism.

It was made only two days after the Indian army chief Bipin Rawat told a press conference on Friday that China was exerting pressure on India along the border, but claimed that the Indian Army was fully capable of dealing with any security challenges on the northern frontier. It has not given them what they desired for. "Rawat said last week that India can't allow its neighbours to drift away to China. This is what the people have realised", he said. "We are able to identify elements who have been radicalised", the Army chief added.

Rawat's remarks came a day after intelligence satellite inputs showed a troop build-up in Doklam just along the area where Indian troops are stationed.

He said the modernisation process for the infantry was long overdue and the on-going modernisation process would help boost the Army's capabilities to operate in adverse conditions as well as at night.

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