Indian armed forces at cusp of transformation: Rawat

New Delhi: India’s armed forces are at the cusp of transformation, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday, noting that proxy war and cross-border terrorism remained key security challenges facing India.

Gen Rawat also rejected criticism that armed forces are suppressing the rights of the people in Jammu and Kashmir and said required steps are being taken keeping in view ground realities and threats of terrorism in union territory.

Asked about his controversial comments that India has deradicalisation camps, he said what he meant was classification of people based on their views and the impact of relentless efforts to deradicalise young people.

“When I said camps — I meant groups of people. The classification of people based on their views and the impact of relentless efforts to deradicalise young people. The word camp got misunderstood,” he said during an interactive session at a conclave organised by Times Now news channel.