New Delhi: Young children who are being radicalized should be identified and placed in de-radicalization camps, the Chief of Defense (CDS) General, General Bipin Rawat, said Thursday in the Raisina Dialogue, a global affairs conclave organized by India.
“To say that radicalization cannot be counteracted, I do not agree with this. Everything that has begun can end. Radicalization can be counteracted. You have to begin to see where radicalization is happening. And who are the people who are radicalizing these people? It’s happening in schools, universities, places and religious sites, and there is a group of people who are spreading this, “he said.
“Then, first you get to the nerve of who is radicalizing people. You can then begin to isolate these people gradually and then begin the counter-radicalization program while identifying the people who have been radicalized to what degree. You have to segregate them in degrees. And then look at those who are completely radicalized, focus on them but then start looking at the future too. ”
“Like what we are seeing in Kashmir … we saw that radicalization was happening. Today we see that radicalization is taking place even among young people. Girls and boys as young as 12 are being radicalized. These people are still they can gradually isolate themselves from radicalization.But there are people who have completely radicalized.It is necessary to remove these people separately, possibly in some de-radicalization camps.We have de-radicalization camps in our country.Let me tell you that even Pakistan is doing the same thing: Pakistan also has de-radicalization camps, they have understood that part of the terrorism they have been sponsoring is actually attacking them, ”he added.
Speaking at the event, the former Rawat army chief also denied accusations that the Indian army was “hard” and said the force uses pellet guns “in moderation.”
However, Rawat admitted that terrorism in Kashmir had to be treated with “a hard hand initially.” “But the reason for the high casualties in the services is that the soldiers are taking the first bullet.”
He added that the “ideology of radicalization” must be addressed along with the end of “online radicalization.”
The former army chief, whose mandate saw how India’s tensions with Pakistan reached a high point, including an air confrontation and the brief capture of an Indian Air Force pilot, also fought to emulate the war on terror initiated by the US UU. After the attacks of September 11.
“While there are states that sponsor terrorism, we will have to live with the threat. We need to take the bull by the horns and attack the root cause,” he said in an indirect reference to Pakistan.
“If we believe that the war on terrorism is going to end, we are wrong,” said Gen Rawat. He said that countries that sponsor terrorism cannot be part of the global fight against terrorist networks.
“You cannot have partners who are associating with the world war against terrorism and who nevertheless sponsor terrorism … There has to be diplomatic isolation from those who sponsor terrorism. Any country that sponsors terrorism must be put to test, “he said.
Speaking about his new role as chief of defense personnel, the first in India, Rawat said: “I think the task is well cut and we can work within the firm framework that has been established for the CDS. I do not see any problem. We have had meetings with the three (service) bosses and many decisions have already been made in the last 15 days, ”he said.
When asked if he supported negotiations with the Taliban, he said peace talks should begin with everyone, provided they give up the “weapon of terrorism.”
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