New Delhi: The Defence Chief General Bipin Rawat, expressed concerns over the children in Kashmir that are coming under the influence of extremists. General Rawat claimed that to tide over this problem, it is necessary to educate these Kashmiri children, who are around the age of 10 to 12 years old against extremism and separate camps will be required for this purpose. There have been repercussions on this statement and the Pakistan foreign ministry has criticised it. Union Minister of State for Home, G. Kishan Reddy, opined that there is nothing objectionable in General Rawat’s proposal.
General Rawat expressed concerns over the extremist influence on the children in Kashmir, in his speech, during the RAISINA Dialogue. The youth under this influence, participate in the violent agitations. At this time, there is criticism of the actions taken by the military. The military is targeted for the wounds caused by the pellet guns. But it cannot be held responsible for this. General Rawat claimed that the reduction of the extremist influence on the youth from Kashmir could be beneficial.
General Rawat said that there is a need for separate camps for this purpose. Pakistan, who is instigating the Kashmiri youth for violent agitation, has purposely misinterpreted General Rawat’s statement.
The Pakistan foreign ministry said that this proposal shows the Indian mentality. General Rawat also appealed to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for strict action against Pakistan. The Pakistan foreign ministry objected to this too. The Pakistan foreign ministry claimed that it is evident from General Rawat’s statements, that India is playing policies with the decisions of the FATF. The Pakistan foreign ministry statement notes that Pakistan has always alerted the international community regarding the malicious propaganda made by India.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy supported General Rawat’s proposal. Reddy pointed out that ‘There is nothing objectionable in General Rawat’s proposal. His concept is not new; these experiments have also been carried out in the past.’ Reddy also pointed out that the Indian military provided medical services, educational guidance and other assistance to the children from the extremist dominated areas too.
Strong political differences and violent conflicts, going on around the world, have started affecting the mass. The concerned survey shows that people from stable countries are also being affected by these factors — a reason for the majority of youth to feel that the world will face a destructive war soon.