Can’t keep jawans away from social media or smartphones: Army chief Bipin Rawat

New Delhi: Acknowledging the power of social media and the role it plays in modern-day warfare, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bipin Rawat said that one can’t stop soldiers and their family from using smartphones.

“We have received advice that we should advise our soldiers to stay away from social media. Can you deny a soldier and his family from the possession of a smartphone,” questioned Rawat.

“If you can’t prevent usage of smartphone, best to allow it, but important to have means of imposing discipline,” he added.

Adding that social media is here to stay and that soldiers will use it, Rawat claimed that India should instead leverage the platform to its advantage. “Our adversary will use social media for psychological warfare & deception, we must leverage it to our advantage,” said the Army Chief General.

Highlighting the importance of Artificial Intelligence in new age warfare, he said, “In modern day warfare, info warfare is important and within it, we’ve started talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI). If we have to leverage AI to our advantage we must engage through social media as a lot of what we wish to gain as part of AI will come via social media.” “I don’t have a smartphone or WhatsApp. But I still manage to stay in touch with everyone including media,” added Rawat.

‘Instead, leverage the platform to its advantage’

  • Rawat claimed that India should instead leverage the platform to its advantage.
  • ‘In modern day warfare, info warfare is important and within it, we’ve started talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI). If we have to leverage AI to our advantage we must engage through social media as a lot of what we wish to gain will come via social media,’ he said.
  • ‘Our adversary will use social media for psychological warfare & deception, we must leverage it to our advantage,’ he said.

‘Better impose discipline’

 If you can’t prevent usage of smartphone, best to allow it, but important to have means of imposing discipline. I don’t have a smartphone or WhatsApp. But I still manage to stay in touch with everyone including media.

-Bipin Rawat, chief of Army Staff

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  • Any case of moral turpitude and corruption will be dealt with sternly, Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday, referring to Major Leetul Gogoi, who was found guilty of ‘fraternising’ with a local woman at a Srinagar hotel.
  • General Rawat said action will be taken against Major Gogoi according to his guilt. ‘I had clearly said that any case of moral turpitude and corruption will be dealt with in a very stern manner.
  • The Court of Inquiry has recommended that we should go in for court-martial proceedings. If it is related to moral turpitude, then we will take action accordingly. If it is something else, the punishment will be (according) to the crime he has committed,’ said Rawat.

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