Dirty war has to be fought with innovative ways: Gen Bipin Rawat


He said the army exercises maximum restrain but adversaries have to be tackled as he can not ask the troops to "just wait and die".

Mr Slathia hailed the Army Chief Rawat for his decision to award appreciation certificate to him, as also his decision that Major Gogoi will not be transferred from his present place of positing in Kashmir. "Adversaries must be afraid of you and at the same time your people must be afraid of you. You fight a dirty war with innovations", he said in an interaction with the Press Trust of India (PTI) news service. "Our armed forces are fully prepared to respond to the entire spectrum of direct and indirect threats", he had said.

Army sources said Gen Rawat will hold talks with top military brass of Myanmar and will explore ways to further broaden security and defence engagements, particularly between the two armies.

"The Indian state and the army, with all its guns and power, is unable to subdue the liberation movement in occupied Kashmir and they are at a complete loss on how to deal with the stone-throwing protesters".

The Army Chief said he had a broad idea about what was going on in the Court of Inquiry into the Gogoi incident, and that is why he went ahead with awarding the Major. It is being finalised.

The incident raked stirred controversy and a national wide debate after a 16-second video surfaced showing an army jeep carrying a Kashmiri tied in front of the jeep as the army convoy passed through Gundipora village of Beerwah in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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He says he still suffers from physical and mental trauma after being paraded on the jeep's bonnet with a sign slung around his neck, warning stone pelters of the consequences.

"Kashmir needs a composite solution, everybody will have to get involved", Rawat told PTI.

He also emphasised on the need for taking harsh measures to stop infiltration and counter-terrorism.

"After the massive people's rallies in 2008, the Indian government decided never to allow a rally again because when a million people gather on the streets and raise a cry for independence, it is hard for India to lie to its own people and the world about the situation in Kashmir", he said.

To a separate question, the Army Chief said he does not anticipate a "limited war" with Pakistan.