Social media misinformation: Kashmir youth instigated: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat


Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today said the misleading campaigns over the various social media platforms were behind instigating the Kashmiri youth against the country and the army.

Blaming social media for fomenting trouble in Jammu and Kashmir for the second time in two days, India Army chief Bipin Rawat on Saturday said that a Pakistan backed misinformation campaign on it was instigating the youth in the valley.


Jammu and Kashmir’s youth are being instigated by a misinformation campaign on social media, said Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday, sources reported.

The army was in Kashmir to protect the people and not to harm or have any conflict with them, said the army chief while he was at the Indian Military Academy,.

If we have modern technology it should be used properly, that way the public won’t face so many hardships and we can become more capable too, the Army chief said, according to sources. General Rawat also said terrorism is the biggest challenge the country is facing. He urged the cadets to be ready to deal with the scourge.

General Bipin Rawat asked the newly commissioned officers to remain prepared to face the traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the country. General Rawat said, that efforts were continuously being made by the army to get the youth on the right track and added that situation had improved.

The Army Chief had recently said that the process of recruiting women in combat roles had begun, and that the matter was being taken up with the government. Firstly, we will start with women as military police jawans, will take next step after success, General Rawat added.

General Rawat also emphasized upon the entry of women cadets in the Indian Army realizing the need for change.

General Rawat, pitched for women in the force in the context of operations in Kashmir. This was because women protesters sometimes made things difficult for the Army, he said. He said that women should be included in combat roles as they are often used as shields by terrorists.

Many a times when we go for operations, we have to deal with the locals, sometimes during the operations our jawans have to confront women, which makes them uncomfortable. To succeed in such operations we need women as jawans, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said.

One of the major issues General Rawat addressed was the Kashmiri resistance against the Army. He said that youth in Jammu and Kashmir is misguided and instigated by social media campaigns against peace. He deemed terrorism the biggest challenge in front of the country.

General Rawat told the 423 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) who became newly commissioned officers that they should be ready to be leading from the front.’Many of you will be heading active operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast, which could be sacrificial’, Rawat said.

The largest number of GCs 74 were from Uttar Pradesh, followed by 49 from Haryana and 40 from Uttarakhand.

General Bipin Rawat, is the 27th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army and assumed office on 31 December 2016. He assumed the post after General Dalbir Singh was relinquished from the appointment.

The Army Chief, General Rawat, addressed and congratulated the cadets after the parade and welcomed the team as a part of the culmination of their training. He also reminded the cadets of their duty and the code of conduct.

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