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Bajrang Dal: Controversial Member of Sangh Parivar

Bajrang Dal is not just known for beating couples on Valentine's Day, the organization has much more for controversy!

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Bajrang Dal was founded on 1 October 1984. Facebook
Bajrang Dal was founded on 1 October 1984. Facebook

Valentine’s day is around the corner, hence it is impossible for India to not talk about Sang Parivar’s stardom magnet known as ‘Bajrang Dal’. It is an organization that follows the ideology of ‘Hindu Nationalism’ and its slogan is “Seva, Suraksha, Sanskriti” or Service, Safety, and Culture; the fact that Bajrang Dal is a militant organization is as intriguing as the fact that it literally beats couples (following which they are married off) on Valentine’s Day to express their opposition against ‘Western culture’.

The organization is the youth wing of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). It is spread throughout India with 2500 akhadas (just like shakhas of RSS), northern and central portions of the country are most significant though.

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Goals of Bajrang Dal

  • Building Ramjanmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya, Krishnajanmabhoomi temple in Mathura, and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi
  • Protecting India’s ‘Hindu’ identity of India from perceived dangers of communism, Muslim population growth, and Christian conversion
  • Prevention of cow slaughter

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Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of VHP. Wikimedia Commons
Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of VHP. Wikimedia Commons

Controversies of Bajrang Dal

1. It was first banned by the Narasimha Rao government in 1992 during the span of incidents surrounding Babri Masjid Demolition. However, the ban lasted for only one year.

2. Bajrang Dal activists, in April 2006, were killed nearby Nanded allegedly in the process of ‘bomb-making’. This group was also suspected for 2003 Parbhani mosque blasts.

3. In April 2003, Praveen Togadia was arrested after distributing tridents to Bajrang Dal activists in Ajmer defying the ban and prohibitory orders. Later, he had expressed satisfaction at the publicity received due to the incident.

4. The organization has been accused of attacking traders who sell to Muslims and attacking Muslim homes with the objective of not allowing Muslims to own land in parts of Gujrat.

5. On several occasions, acting as “Social Police” the activists of Bajrang Dal have caught un-married couples on Valentine’s day and forced them to apply sindoor or tie rakhis against their wishes. The activists of Bajrang Dal have often indulged in violence, invading gift shops and restaurants and threatening couples on Valentine’s day.

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128-Ft Tall with 212 Pillars and 5 Entrances: VHP’s Plan for Proposed Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

Though the walls of it are believed to be ready, the 'garbhagriha' (sanctum sanctorum) isn't

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VHP, Ram Mandir, Ayodhya
While for years, doors and pillars are being carved in Ayodhya, the sanctum sanctorum needs to be built with great details where Ram Lalla, the deity, will be placed and worshipped. Wikimedia Commons

In what will go down in history as one of its most landmark verdicts, the Supreme Court on Saturday granted the ownership of the 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindus, paving the way for the construction of a Ram Temple, and ruled that the Muslims will get 5 acres of land at an alternative site.

What’s next? When will the construction of Ram Mandir begin? How long it will take to finish and most importantly, how will it look like?

The Ram Janambhoomi Nyas is eager to start construction at the earliest with help from the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). Though the VHP has toyed with many maps of the Ram temple, there’s a blueprint based on the most agreeable version that the majority believes resembles the ‘original’ Ram Mandir.

While for years, doors and pillars are being carved in Ayodhya, the sanctum sanctorum needs to be built with great details where Ram Lalla, the deity, will be placed and worshipped. Though the walls of it are believed to be ready, the ‘garbhagriha’ (sanctum sanctorum) isn’t.

VHP, Ram Mandir, Ayodhya
The Ram Janambhoomi Nyas is eager to start construction at the earliest with help from the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). (Representational Image) Wikimedia Commons

A total of 212 pillars will be required across the temple. It will be assembled in two stages with 106 pillars in each stage. Almost half of the pillars are ready, while the remaining needs to be carved.

The assembly of pillars will take place in two tiers with the top tier having a roof. According to the approved design, the roof will have a “shikhar” that will give the massive structure a look and feel of “Bhavya Ram Mandir” (grand Ram temple).

The proposed structure will be 128 feet high. It will be 140 feet in width and 270 feet in length. No steel will be used in the support base.

The Ram temple will have five entrances: Singh Dwar, Nritya Mandap, Rang Mandap, Pooja Room and the all important “Garbhagriha” with parikrama. Ram Lalla, the idol, will be placed on the ground floor.

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At least 1.75 lakh cubic feet of sandstone will be required to construct the temple. A lot has been done, with work starting as early as in 1990. But a lot needs to be done as well.

More sandstones, more carving experts and expansion of the existing carving centre need to run against time to finish the temple. Even then, sources say, it won’t be an easy task and will require a minimum of four years to complete the work.

“I cannot give you a timeframe on when the work will be finished. But we wish the construction begins as early as possible after completing the legal requirements,” Alok Kumar, international working President of VHP told IANS.

VHP, Ram Mandir, Ayodhya
Though the VHP has toyed with many maps of the Ram temple, there’s a blueprint based on the most agreeable version that the majority believes resembles. Wikimedia Commons

One of the main reasons for time consumption is accessibility to the “karyashala”. The roads are uneven and hence the supply of stones are also slow. Moreover, hand carving makes the process slower. However, the work for the ground floor is over.

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However, there is a confusion over erecting a gigantic statue of Lord Ram, as many people want. It will need deliberation on the statue. (IANS)