Teachers in JK teach two maps to students: Gen. Rawat

Bipin Rawat

Bipin Rawat

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bipin Rawat has said that the Army is fully prepared should there ever be a repeat of what happened in the Doklam region of Bhutan near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction area that saw both the militaries of India and China engaged in a bitter face-off for 73 days. However, there could be some movement once the winter months are over.

He highlighted that post the Doklam incident, the Army has increased patrolling activities in the northern border.

Asked about the "pressure" being exerted on Pakistan by United States, he said: "It would be premature to say what will be the impact of the pressure".

The nuclear-armed neighbours have in the past gone to war over their border and a year ago were involved in a showdown over a Himalayan plateau claimed by China and Bhutan, which is an ally of India . Emphasising that India should focus on its northern borders, Rawat said China is a powerful country but India is not a weak nation. He said the government had told the army to conduct operation "in the manner they deem fit".

Speaking in the run-up to the Army Day on January 15, Gen Rawat also said "Pakistan's nuclear bogey" will be thoroughly exposed if it actually comes to a war with the western neighbour, which often brandishes its short-range Nasr (Hatf-IX) nuclear missiles as a battlefield counter to India's "Cold Start" strategy of swift, high-intensity conventional attacks into enemy territory.

Referring to the U.S. warnings to Pakistan over its handling of terrorism, he said India will have to wait and see its impact. We can not allow our neighbours Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, to drift away from us.

Rawat also averred that the government too is dealing with the situation on the diplomatic front.

Terrorists are a disposable commodity in Pakistan and the Indian Army's approach has been to ensure that it feels the pain, he said. Rawat said the troops "were ready to cater" to any situation should the need arise.

Says education system in state needs overhaul. "If there is a drop in infiltration from Pakistani side, we are willing to call a ceasefire".

"The casualties which Pakistan has suffered are three to four times more than we did".

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