Can’t keep soldiers away from social media, smartphone: Army Chief


New Delhi: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat who doesn’t carry a cellphone, on Tuesday said soldiers could not be denied access to the social media and they should be allowed to use smartphones within a line of controlled discipline.

He said the Indian Army needed to make optimal usage of the social media in the advanced age of communication and information.

“The social media is gaining momentum faster than we thought. If we don’t catch up, we will be left far behind,” General Rawat said, speaking at a seminar on “Social Media and Armed Forces”.

“Social media is here to stay, soldiers will use social media. Our adversary will use social media for psychological warfare and deception, we must leverage it to our advantage, he added.

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

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

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