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'Madrassas, masjids radicalising J&K youth'

Author: TNN
Publication:  The Times of India
Date: January 13, 2018
URL:    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/madrassas-masjids-radicalising-jk-youth/articleshow/62481202.cms

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday called for a major revamp of the entire government school system in trouble-torn Kashmir, stressing that the youth were being radicalised by the "corrupted" basic education structure and disinformation being spread by madrassas, masjids and social media.
"Government schools in Kashmir are teaching the wrong things... the grass roots problem is there. Stone-pelters are coming out of this warped basic education system. The teachers who teach are also brought up in the same system," he said.

All government school classrooms have separate maps of J&K and India, which sow the seeds of "separate identity" among the children. "The damage is also done through the social media. A very large amount of disinformation campaign is being spread to radicalise the youth," he said, adding that more CBSE schools should be set up in the state.

"The other issue is of the madrasas and masjids — what is being informed to them (the students) or incorrectly informed to them is through the madrasas and masjids. I think some controls have to be exercised there and that is what we are looking at," he added.
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