New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) What is Bajrang Dal:October 9th, 2008 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS
- The Bajrang Dal, youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), sees itself as militant standard bearers of the Hindu supremacist cause.- It was formed Oct 1, 1984 in Kanpur.
- The outfit, which is not averse to resorting to militant means, claims to have 1.3 million members and about 2,500 ‘akhadas’ (units).
- The Bajrang Dal’s ideology is based on the philosophy of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist ideology.
- Construction of Ram Mandir at the site of the razed Babri mosque at Ayodhya and prevention of cow slaughter are issues that form an integral part of its agenda.
- It was banned December 1992 along with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and VHP for its role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
- The ban on RSS and Bajrang Dal was revoked June 4, 1993.
- The group has been accused of involvement in anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002.
- In recent times, it has been accused of anti-Christian violence in Orissa and Karnataka.