Uttar Pradesh: To mark the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, Hindutva outfit Bajrang Dal has started a recruitment drive among youth and a pamphlet distributed by the outfit in a camp in Ballia district in Purvanchal calls upon the youth to join and attain the “good fortune” of participating in “nation-building”, reported The Hindu.
“Unity of the nation,” “security of mutts and mandirs,” “protection of gau mata,” “honour of jawans,” “protection of sisters from love jihad” and “to invoke nationalist sentiments” are some of the reasons why youth should join the Bajrang Dal. The Babri Masjid was demolished by karsevaks on December 1992 in Ayodhya.
Hindutva outfits led by the RSS celebrate the day as Shaurya Diwas.Dhananjay, Bajrang Dal in-charge of the Gorakhpur region, said the recruitment drive was to mark the “silver jubilee” of the Babri Masjid demolition. Those aged 15-35 are in the radar of the outfit. The aim of the drive was to recruit Hindu youth so that they can “fight terrorists” and “stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with Army jawans.”We want to mould rashtra-bhakt youth. We aspire for an atankwad-mukt Bharat (terrorism-free India),” he said .
The youth would also be given weapons like last year, the Bajrang Dal’s programme ran into trouble as it was booked for “promoting enmity between groups” after a video purportedly showing its cadre participating in a weapons-training drill near the disputed site in Ayodhya went viral on social media and television channels. Though it was described as a mock drill, outrage was created as in its drill they depicted skull-cap wearing, bearded men as terrorists.
At its national convention held in Bhopal in the last week of October, the Bajrang Dal included “threat to India’s internal security” among the three resolutions passed by it. The other two were ”gau raksha” (cow protection) and the construction of a Ram mandir in Ayodhya. Bajrang Dal appealed to the youth to expose human rights groups, “alleged secularists” and “secular media” through social media and other ways for allegedly supporting terrorism and extremism and posing a threat to the country.
With PTI inputs