J&K education system needs overhaul to check radicalisation: Army chief


He said both India and China were very keen on having a hotline between the Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) and the Chinese officer holding similar position. "In last one year there has been lot of upgradation".

The threat of the use of CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) weapons have become a reality, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on 12 January.

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday called for a major revamp of the entire government school system in trouble-torn Kashmir, stressing that the youth were being radicalised by the "corrupted" basic education structure and disinformation being spread by madrassas, masjids and social media.

"We have increased our troop levels. we have increased our patrolling intensity".

On being asked about the preparation of a simultaneous two-front war with Pakistan and China, he said, "We are ready for this contingency".

"We will not allow our territory to be invaded upon. We have allocated troops which will take care".

India and China were locked in a 75-day standoff a year ago at Doklam on the trijunction with Bhutan over the building of a road by the Chinese military.

Gen. Rawat said the army was working on a plan to open two schools, and once they are operational, instead of granting financial aid, children of martyrs and physically disabled soldiers who are eligible for the help will be given admission in these schools.

"We knew they will try and claim the whole of Doklam. It was also posing a threat to us as it was changing the status quo", he said.

"Even if it would have escalated we were prepared (as) the terrain usually favours us".

The government said Indian and Chinese troops have resolved through established mechanism the issue related to China's attempt to build a road in the Tuting area of Arunachal Pradesh. "Let's not expect United States to do what we are expected to do", said Rawat.

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Rawat said a military hotline with China was in the works to help defuse future border tensions.

However, Rawat admitted that the Chinese troop strength in Doklam had gone down recently.