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and schools in are spreading a " campaign" resulting in radicalisation of youth, Gen. claimed today, and called for "some control" over mosques and madrasas in the state.

He said a "major revamp" of the system was needed in the state to deal with the problem.

said the issue of exercising some amount of control over mosques and madrasas to check the flow of was being looked into.

Addressing a press conference on the eve of the Day, said each classroom in schools in Jammu and has a separate map of the state besides that of which sowed the seeds of thought of some kind of "separate identity" among the children.

"The damage done to us is through the A very large amount of campaign is being spread in which is radicalising the youths through the and through the schools," he said.

"The other issue is 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, however, did not elaborate on what kind of control he was suggesting over such institutions.

Rawat also suggested that some stone throwers in Kashmir were youth from schools, and stressed on the need to reform the system.

"If you go to any Kashmir school, You will find two maps -- one is the map of and one is the map of Jammu and Kashmir. There are always two maps in every classroom. Why should there be a map of If you are putting a map of Jammu and Kashmir, then you may as well put map of every state.

"What does it mean to children that I am part of the country but I also have a separate identity. So, the basic, grassroots problem lies here is the way the in Jammu and Kashmir in government school has been corrupted," said Rawat.

He said students from schools like DPS were not found involved in activities like stone-pelting, and added

that is why the 'goodwill schools' run by the are accorded higher status.

The Army noted opening more public schools, more CBSE schools, was the way forward.

"In the schools in Kashmir -- the government schools -- what is being taught. I will only be happy if you can visit some of the schools and attend the classes and see what is being taught," Rawat said, without elaborating.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 19:40 IST