India is probably one of the only countries where even Valentine's Day is controversial. The time when young lovers are more scared of Bajrang Dal than their own parents.
Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of Vishva Hindu Parishad which believes in Hindutva and aims to save the Hindu identity of India by saving cows, stopping people from conversion and also beat up couples on Valentine's Day.
Bajrang Dal's vision?
A make-believe world of saffron clothing and oppressed females. Such sects make it look like we're moving away from development and not towards it.
Celebrating Matru Pitru Diwas on Valentine's Day or forcing boyfriends to marry their girlfriends. Claiming that we're moving towards Western countries and implying that it is somehow derogatory towards Hinduism. Attacking people, making them do sit-ups because they dared to be in 'love'? Isn't that a violation of the right to expression?
It really is.
They've been doing it for a couple of years now. Take a look at their campaigns in the past five years.
In Hyderabad, the Bajrang Dal activists have declared that there should be no special events planned for Valentine's Day. They think that Western influence will ruin the youngsters in India. Here's what people want to say to them...
Yes, the 'protectors' of the Indian culture claimed they would marry off couples seen together in parks, eateries or malls at Bhubaneswar. Every year, they have a different motto. The youth, on the other hand, has brilliant comebacks directed towards them...
In 2016, they had warned that couples who are caught romancing in public on Valentine's Day would be counselled and taken to their parents. This was in Hyderabad.
Somebody just trolled their entire campaign, with just one comment.
In Kanpur, Bajrang Dal activists thrashed and humiliated a lot of couples who dared to celebrate Valentine's Day. It really makes us wonder if Bajrang Dal is a terror group...
Bajrang Dal planned a 'Bahu lao, beti bachao' campaign in 2014. They encouraged Hindu men to marry non-Hindu girls thereby countering 'love jihad'.
Over 12,000 people answered the question. Around 42% said that they would put up a fight while some 21% want an easy way out and run away. The rest said that they would join them to beat up their own committed friends or couples, who we hope were just being sarcastic or cribbing about being single.
India Ka Pulse being the platform for the voice of the youth, presented this question. We provided the responses given to us on this question. Feel free to give your opinions on the topics.
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