Indian Army Chief takes u turn over India's Afghanistan Policy?
NEW DELHI - Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has spoken over the Afghanistan peace process and peace talks with Afghan Taliban.
The Indian Military Chief has deviated from the previous stated policy of India of no talks with terrorists Taliban.
Rawat also asserted that Pakistan has always kept the Taliban in its backyard and should be concerned about it.
On the Afghan peace process, he said there should be negotiations with the Taliban, but without conditions.
Rawat also said that there was a need to control social media as it was becoming a source of spreading radicalisation. He said a different kind of radicalisation was being witnessed in India and in Jammu and Kashmir, the youth were getting radicalised due to a lot of misinformation, disinformation, and a lot of falsehoods on religion being fed to them.
Radicalisation through social media is becoming one of the reasons for raising funds forterrorists organisations. "That is why you find more and more educated youth being drawn into terrorism," he said.
"Terrorism is here to stay as long as there are nations that continue to sponsor it as state policy. Terrorism now spreading its head like a multi-headed monster. Terrorism becoming a new form of warfare," said General Rawat.
"Pakistan always kept Taliban in its backyard. Pakistan should be concerned about it. There should be negotiations with Taliban, but without conditions," he added.
"Need to control social media as it is becoming a source of spreading radicalisation. Radicalisation has taken a different form in our country. In Jammu and Kashmir, youth is getting radicalised due to misinformation & falsehood about religion being fed to them. This is becoming a form of warfare," he further said.
"Biggest issue is that the social media needs to ensure that radicalisation does not happen through false information and misinformation. Radicalisation through social media is becoming one of the reasons for raising funds for terroristsorganisations," he added.
Raisina Dialogue is India's annual flagship event on geopolitics organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF).