Terrorists should not be made heroes: Army chief Rawat

NAYANIMA BASU New Delhi | Updated on January 17, 2018

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said terrorists should not be made heroes even as he coined a term 'terrovision.' "Terrorist leaders should not be made heroes, should be denounced by media, activities should be controlled, evils shouldn't be highlighted," said COAS Rawat while addressing a session on - The Terror State: Innovative Solutions to New Threats - at the Raisina Dialogue here on Wednesday.

Rawat said terrorism is here to stay unless nations unite to fight this menace. He urged the global community to work together to curb it. "Once you have identified nations supporting terrorists and terrorism, then you will have to do your own job yourself. No one will come to help you, you have to deal with the terrorists on your own. Do your own job," the COAS added.

"Terror is not new to the International community but the contours of terrorism are now witnessing a change. The first thing is to identify and define the terrorist. Who exactly is a terrorist? The fact remains that anybody who uses violence as a means to cause disruption to civilian life and property, within his own nation or outside the boundaries of their own nation, should ideally be called a terrorist," he added.

He also suggested the need to put checks and curbs on the Internet and social media that terrorist organisations resort to. "In a democratic country people won't like it, but we have to take a call on whether we want a safe and secure environment, or are willing to accept curbs temporarily so terrorism can be dealt with," he said. He also expressed concern over the terrorist getting access to nuclear and chemical weapons.

Published on January 17, 2018

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