People in Kashmir are getting tired of militancy: Army chief

New Delhi, Jan 17: The people in Kashmir have realised that it is very difficult to secede from India and they are also getting tired of militancy, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said today.
He laid emphasis on the campaign to bring back the radicalised youth into the mainstream.
This will put an end to the menace of militancy in the state, Gen. Rawat said.
“They have seen it for too long and they have realized (that) it hasn’t given them what they had desired for. Let me tell you… with a country like India, to seek independence from a nation where we have strong armed forces, where we have a strong democracy, and a very strong government, you cannot secede from India. This is what the people have realised,” he said.
The Army chief was responding to a question on Facebook Live, posted by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of the organisers of the multi-lateral ‘Raisina Dialogue’.
In response to another question on concerns over radicalisation among the Rohingyas and the threat arising out of it on the northeastern borders, he said anybody who is radicalised is identified in a timely manner.
“We don’t want to go after particular communities,” he insisted.
Gen. Rawat said the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to take back the Rohingyas has proved to be beneficial, but noted that some of them might stay back.
“Our intelligence operations are carried out in a very coordinated manner. All the agencies are operating together. We are able to identify elements who have been radicalised,” the Army chief added.
He also said that the Army does not visualise any “serious trouble” post-Doklam episode as the border forces of India and China are holding regular exchange and the earlier “bonhomie” has returned, but the forces are prepared for any exigency.
Rawat also insisted that the PLA soldiers were not in the same numbers in the North Dolam (Doklam) area as they were at the time of the (India-China military) stand-off.
“They have carried out some infrastructure development, most of it is temporary in nature. But while their troops may have returned and the infrastructure remains, it is any body’s guess whether they would come back there, or it is because of the winter they could not take their equipment away,” Rawat said.
He also said that all terror outfits have a militant and a political front and to deal with the menace of terrorism, both need to be addressed simultaneously.
Rawat said strong curbs are put on the militant wing of terrorist organisations for their violent activities.
However, the political organisation of the outfits continues with its activities of indoctrination, spreading propaganda, generation of funds, including in the name of the NGOs, he said.
Both the militant and political fronts of terror groups need to be addressed simultaneously, Rawat said. (Agencies)