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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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Tips on What to Wear This Valentine’s Day

Tushar Ved, President of Major Brands India Pvt. Ltd., Charles & Keith and Shilpee Sharma, Head of design and StyleHub, Shoppers Stop, have listed tips on what to wear this Valentine's Day

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Confused what to wear on your date this Valentine’s Day? Opt for flirty ankle strap heels or playful pumps with a bardot neckline tiered dress or just the classic little black dress to woo your partner, suggest experts.

Tushar Ved, President of Major Brands India Pvt. Ltd., Charles & Keith and Shilpee Sharma, Head of design and StyleHub, Shoppers Stop, have listed tips on what to wear this Valentine’s Day.

Shoe tips:

* Ankle strap heels: Ankle strap heels are a must-have this season. Sophisticated and chic, these look effortlessly on trend with any outfit. Sling backs and ankle straps accented in metallic buckles, floral eyelets and criss-cross pleats are ideal for the much needed stability in your stride. Be date-ready in candy colours, subtle golds and deep maroons.

* Pumps: Classic pointed pumps are stylish. It is one of the most versatile styles. Pumps look great with cropped pants, mini-skirts, and, well, just about anything for the perfect date. Styled in vibrant prints, embossed textures and embellished mesh details, pair these pumps with your favourite sling/clutch to complete the look.

* Sneakers: The minimal look is here to stay. Globally, designers continue to show their love to this most wearable style. The humble sneaker is undoubtedly the biggest footwear trend of the year and has kicked off a total fashion revolution. Sported by models, celebrities, bloggers and designers, sneakers have worked for almost all occasions as a fashion statement.

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A couple buys flowers to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations in the country’s capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. VOA

 

* Classic sliders: Classic sliders in pastel hues are the ideal accessory this summer. The ease to slip on and off make slides the perfect companion for a beach sundowner or poolside party.

Dressing tips:

* Brunch date look: A bardot neckline, tiered dress offsets the valentine mood for that special brunch date. Accessorise the outfit with a dainty golden pair of earrings and a chic neck piece. Style the oufit with a pair of wedges, a clutch or sling bag.

* Lunch date look: For a brunch or lunch date, team a romantic dress with a pair of pencil heels for a touch of glamour, or flat sandals for a casual vibe. Versatility is the name of the game.

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* Coffee date look: Opt for a simple yet classy bright schiffley dress. Pair the dress with white flats or sneakers and a long chain for a crisp, V-Day feel.

Dinner date look: A great little black dress is always a good idea. Wear a classic black shift dress from the office straight to a dinner date. Lace ruffles and flutters and embellished neckline add to the chic look. Accessorise with a pair of chic earrings, a shiny clutch and stilettos and your good to go. (IANS)