The country’s first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has expressed concern about radicalisation of young children. In the Raisina Dialogue 2020 held in Delhi, he has said that action needs to be taken at the source of fundamentalism. Especially in such a situation when 10-12 year old children are also being radicalised.
Speaking at Raisina Dialogue 2020, CDS Bipin Rawat said, “Radicalisation can be countered. you first get to the nerve of who is radicalising people. Then you can start isolating these people gradually and then start the counter-radicalisation program while identifying people who have been radicalised to what degree. You have got to segregate them into degrees. And then look at those who are completely radicalised, target them but then start also looking at the future.”
He further said, “Like what we are seeing in Kashmir… we saw radicalisation happening. Today we are seeing radicalisation being undertaken even among the young people. Girls and boys as young as 12 are now being radicalised. These people can still be isolated from radicalisation in a gradual way. But there are people who have completely been radicalised.”
“These people need to be taken out separately, possibly taken into some de-radicalisation camps. We have de-radicalisation camps going on in our country. Let me tell you, even Pakistan is doing the same. Pakistan also has de-radicalisation camps. They have understood that some of the terrorism that they have been sponsoring is actually hitting back at them,” Said CDS Bipin Rawat.
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CDS General Bipin Rawat demanded strict global action against the countries sponsoring terrorism and said that it would have to be dealt with decisively. Apart from this, the root of terror will have to be attacked.
Addressing the ‘Raisina Dialogue’, General Rawat also said that there is a need to take a very tough stance to deal with terrorism, in the same way, America took against terrorist groups after the 9/11 terrorist attack. He referred it to Pakistan indirectly.
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