Choose books, laptops to end violence: Army Chief Bipin Rawat to Kashmiri students

"I have seen the situation. How many generations will see this gunfire and smoke from explosives?" Bipin Rawat asked.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2017 8:29 pm
Army chief, Bipin Rawat, kashmiri students, Kashmir, jammu and kashmir, stone pelting, “They (the youth) should either have a laptop or a book. Whatever time they get they should devote to studies,” Bipin Rawat said. (File photo)

Stressing that generations have been destroyed due to unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday exhorted students in the state to choose laptops and books to help end the cycle of violence.

Addressing a group of Kashmiri students who were supported by the Army and have cleared the IIT entrance examination, he said their success was not an easy feat and they have now become a shining example for the youth in the Valley.

Referring to his stints in Jammu and Kashmir, which has in the recent past seen rising incident of stone pelting, Rawat said his first posting in the state was in 1981-82 when the “situation was good”.

The situation started deteriorating during his second posting between 1991 and 1993, the Army chief said, noting that he also had stints in J-K from 2006-2008 and then from 2010-12.

“I have seen the situation. How many generations will see this gunfire and smoke from explosives?” he asked.

“Generations have been destroyed due to this. The fear that has set in the mind of people of Kashmir and the youth… (that) a militant or the security forces will come.

“So you have militants on one side and security forces on the other. How long will we stay in this atmosphere. We have to put an end to it. We wish that peace is restored there and we carry out our daily work without any problem,” Rawat said.

He also said that the recent spell of unrest has led to decline in tourism in the Valley.

“Kashmir is heaven. We have to again bring it to that level which was there before. The world flocks to see the Valley, but people are not able to come because of the tension,” he said.

He also asked students to return to their roots after they complete their studies and help in the development of the state to alleviate the hardships faced by the people.

“They (the youth) should either have a laptop or a book. Whatever time they get they should devote to studies,” Rawat said.

The Army, along with Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL), conducts ‘Super 40’ programme in Jammu and Kashmir. Funded by PSU Petronet LNG Limited, the aim of the programme is to train students in the state to help them clear IIT entrance test.

Thirty-five students enrolled for this programme. Of them, 24 cleared JEE Mains and are eligible for a seat in the NITs.

Of the 24, nine passed JEE Advanced, an entrance test to get an IIT berth. The remaining 11, who could not clear entrance for the NITs or IITs, have passed the Jammu and Kashmir’s Common Entrance Test (CET) for engineering.

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    Hair.Vasudevan
    Jun 14, 2017 at 12:17 am
    Freedom for Kashmere and all states in SOUTH ASIA
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      ck
      Jun 14, 2017 at 12:12 am
      Advise is good but fact of matter is that no body here accept the doctrine of attot ang and freedom strugglers are terrorists. This struggles are continuing how this advise can be workable.
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        RS
        Jun 13, 2017 at 11:41 pm
        Actions speak louder than words. Gen Rawat, instead of offering pla udes, offer a little real understanding, offer a little empathy, offer a bit of true compassion to the people of Kashmir then they will be able to understand you. You issued a commendation to Maj Gogoi for his criminal act of tying up a Kashmiri to the front of his Army Vehicle and showed no understanding as to how that had hurt the sentiments of people of Kashmir. Your suggestion that young boys in Kashmir take up books and laptops in the context of your own inexplicable conduct sounds just as hollow as the words attributed to the French Princess Marie Antoinette when she upon learning that the peasants in France had no bread to eat, said "Let them eat cake". Gen Rawat you will have to do a lot more introspection about your own state of mind and thought processes before you can preach to the young men of Kashmir. Today's grenade attacks maybe the consequence of what Maj Gogoi did to Mr. Dar and you lauded.
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          RS
          Jun 13, 2017 at 11:47 pm
          Correction: Line 1, offering pla udes should read offering "pla-ti-tud-es"
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          kashmiri
          Jun 13, 2017 at 11:40 pm
          Get lost from kashmir...Gunda raaj nahi chalee ga. Kashmir want freedom.
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            George Cruz
            Jun 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm
            The Army chief General Bipin Rawat's advice should be seriously taken by the misguided Kashmir separatist Muslims because if you commit anti-national activities like pelting stones at the armed forces, hoisting Pak flag, burqa clad women shouting anti-India slogans, etc, sooner or later you will face Indian armed forces bullets. The truth is that the Indian citizens would NEVER accept or ALLOW another Islamic Caliphate with brainwashed Muslims committing terror/killing just to get the imaginary 72 virgins.
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              Hair.Vasudevan
              Jun 14, 2017 at 12:15 am
              George.Cruz: You have some seriousness problem man.
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