New Delhi, Jan 17: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that putting checks and curbs on the Internet as well as social media was necessary, even though not desirable, to deal with terrorism. Speaking at the Raisina 2018 dialogue, General Rawat said that even as people in a democratic country don’t like curbs on the Internet, it is necessary for the safety and security of India. Also Read - 'Bravery is Pre-requisite For Peace': In Ladakh, PM Modi Sends Strong Message to China | 10 Points
“Putting some checks and curbs on Internet and social media that terrorist organisations always resort to. In a democratic country, people won’t like it but we have to take a call on whether we want safe and secure environment or willing to accept curbs temporarily, so that terrorism can be dealt with,” the Army Chief said. (Also Read: Military Should be Kept Out of Politics, Says Army Chief) Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: 'Committed to Making India Atmanirbhar And Strong,' PM Concludes His Address
General Rawat also said that terrorists getting access to nuclear and chemical weapons could be a disaster for humanity. “The threat of nuclear and chemical weapons falling in the hands of terrorists can be disaster for humanity,” he said. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: Amid Tensions With China, CDS General Bipin Rawat to Visit Leh Today
General Rawat also pointed out how countries sponsoring terrorism needed to be recognised and dealt with. Terrorists are using systems which are highly technology enabled and transcending international borders. We need to disrupt terrorists and their sponsors. We need to identify nations who are sponsors,” General Rawat said.
Earlier last week too, General Bipin Rawat had said that the threat of use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons has increased. Speaking during a press conference in New Delhi, General Rawat had pointed that threat of use of unconventional warfare by ‘non-state’ actors has increased.”The threat of the use of CBRN (Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) weapons is becoming a reality, particularly from the non-state actors,” the Army chief said