At a time when Congress is playing dirty politics by targeting the nationalist youth organisation Bajrang Dal, which is selflessly involved in nation-building by motivating youths to do better for the motherland, it becomes very important to look at the origin of this organisation.
Enthused and driven by the Triveni (triad) motto of the 3-S, viz., ‘Seva-Suraksha-Sanskar’ (‘National Service-Security-Culture’), Bajrang Dal has so far passed all its tests with flying colours.
On October 8, 1984, when the Shri Ram-Janaki Rath Yatra started to awaken and mobilise people for the liberation of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi was leaving Ayodhya for Lucknow, at that point, the Venerable Sant fraternity formed a security ring of some Hindu youths for the protection of this Yatra. At that time, some anti-social elements and people of Jihadi mindset had threatened to mount an attack on the Yatra. Despite this, the local administrations refused to provide security cover. The BD, in its infancy, passed its first test with steadfast faith in itself.
On March 26, 1985, when the Ven. Sant fraternity gave a call for the formation of a Balidani Jattha of Ram devotees; more than 50,00,000 Ram devotees immediately responded and got themselves recruited in this Jattha.
The Hindu society called for Uttar Pradesh Bandh on December 19, 1985, against the notorious attempts by the then governments to suppress the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Liberation Movement (standing for cultural liberation of Mrityunjayi Bharat and consolidation of its cultural nationalism that ensures the immortality of the Hindu Nation). This was the first successful campaign of Bajrang Dal in its infancy.
On July 13, 1989, about 10,000 Karyakartas from various States got together to get initiated as Bajrangis of Bajrang Dal. Be it the Ramshila Pajun in October 1989 or the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Temple of Nativity to Sri Ram at Ayodhya on November 9, 1989, Bajrang Dal participated in this Shilanyas programme along with the entire society, brushing aside the fears of Jihadi attacks floating in the air.
The Dharma Jagran Yatras, Chetavani Diwas programmes, Sri Ram Jyoti Yatras, and other nationwide programmes established the Bajrang Dal as the Security Ring for the Hindu society. On the call of the Sants of Kar Seva on October 30, 1990, the Bajrang Dal took in its stride all kinds of tortures and sufferings. Whether it was the second phase on November 2, 1990, or the date of the fall of the structure on December 6, 1990, through these events, the Bajrang Dal became a symbol of consolidation of the youth power and reliable nationalist force to reckon with in the country. When the ban on Bajrang Dal was revoked a year later in 1993, an All-Bharat meeting of its Prant coordinators was held in Delhi, and since then, its All-Bharat structure and profile have been visible to the entire country.
Be it the Maharishi Valmiki Yatra for the cause of social harmony, the Siddhu Kanhu Sant Yatra in celebration of this great man from the tribal society, or the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti or Swami Vivekananda Jayanti, etc., the Bajrang Dal takes the ideals and messages of such great sons and daughters of Maa Bharati to the people. The first All India Convention of Bajrang Dal concluded enthusiastically with the participation of about 1,50,000 Karyakartas at the sacred Triveni Sangam of Prayagraj with the solemn resolution of ‘Gaay Nahin Katne Denge – Desh Nahin Bantne Denge’ (‘Won’t allow cow progeny to be slit, won’t let the country be split’).
The Samarpan of the Bajrangi youths on January 20-21, 1996, who are engaged day and night for cow protection, is known to one and all. The year 1996-97 was observed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad as the ‘Year of Protection of Cow Progeny’, through which the Bajrang Dal freed more than 1.5 lakh cow progeny from the clutches of butchers.
Be it about MF Hussain’s blasphemous depiction of Hindu deities or commercial exploitation of Hindu deities in other ways, the Bajrang Dal not only opposed such perpetrators firmly but also taught lessons to all collaborationists against Hindus in a democratic way. In the year 1996, when terrorists of Kashmir Valley openly warned that if anyone came for Amarnath Yatra, she wouldn’t return alive, the Bajrang Dal came forward to accept that Jihadi challenge and in the Yatra, with 100,000 Bajrang Dal youths from all over the country, a total of about 300,000 Shiva devotees joined the Himalayan Yatra. Earlier, normally, only 5 to 6 thousand pilgrims used to go on this pilgrimage. Now every year, 100s of thousands of Shiva devotees go there for Darshan and it has since been continuing regularly.
In 1998, when the Bajrang Dal gave a call to the people to stop the consumption of Pepsi and Coca-Cola against the American Dadagiri (bullying behaviour), the effect was that the Naroda plant of the company had to be closed in Gujarat. Whether it is about exposing the Jihadis or destroying the conversion conspiracy of Christian missionaries, Bajrang Dal has raised its voice many times against these terrorists and Dharma-Drohis. The first national convention of Bajrang Dal was held in Bhopal on February 18-19, 2000. Its national workshop was held for the first time on March 3-5, 2000, at Vrindavan, in which the former CBI Director, Sardar Joginder Singh, was present as the chief guest.
Credit also goes to Bajrang Dal for re-starting the Baba Budha Amarnath Yatra at Poonch and Rajouri (Jammu & Kashmir) in 2005, that had practically discontinued due to Jihadi terrorism, and for 17-18 years now since then, the revived Yatra empowers the extant 7 per cent Hindu society not only there, but also deeply connects them with rest of Bharat. About 100,000 units of blood, collected through blood donation camps organised on the Hutatma Divas (Martyrdom Day) in memory of the unarmed Karsevaks martyred on November 2 1990, is deposited in the blood banks every year.
Since 2012, the Bajrang Dal has been organising a Yatra to an ancient Hindu shrine named Datta Peeth in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, which had practically been occupied by the Muslims. Bajrang Dal also organises Hanuman Jayanti Yatra at the birthplace of Hanuman Ji in Hampi, Karnataka, in a wonderful way. In Telangana, every year for the last 15 years, Hanuman Jayanti processions are being taken out, in which lakhs of youths participate. In honour of the Indian Army, the Bajrang Dal is always afield. In honour of Major Gogoi, who had tied one of the stone pelters on his military jeep to use him as a human shield during the 2017 Srinagar by-poll, lakhs of Bajrangis celebrated his wit and courage at 1250 places in the country on May 2, 2017, and burnt the effigies of stone pelters.
In the Ramsetu movement and in the land-liberation movement of Baba Amarnath, the BDs’ role was huge. On September 1, 2017, to teach China a lesson, even in the Doklam episode of the Indo-China border standoff, the BD conducted a Holika Dahan of Chinese goods at about 1100 places in Bharat. Bajrang Dal is always afield with the demands for stringent curbs on conversion, love jihad, land jihad, demography jihad, etc., and also makes nationalist moves for the sake of various interests of Hindu society and national symbols. Dhyey Vakya (Catch Words / Work Culture): ‘Ram Kaaj Kinhe Binu, Mohi Kahaan Vishraam’ (‘No breather till Ram’s mission is accomplished)
Ghosh Vakya (Slogan/Battle Cry: ‘Jai Kaaraa Veer Bajrangi, Har Har Mahadev’ (Victory to the Macro Deity Hanumanji, Har Har Mahadev)
Bodh Sootra (Motto): ‘Seva-Suraksha-Sanskar’ (‘National Service-Security-Culture’)
Generally, the Bajrang Dal team consists of a coordinator, joint-coordinator, weekly meeting head, Bolopaasanaa (physical culture) centre head, student head, security head and cow protection head. Along with this, there are also organisational training heads at the Prant levels. Its organisational functions include setting up weekly meeting centres and Balopasana centres, organising Trishul Deeksha ceremonies, organising annual festivals, conducting physical and intellectual training camps, holding conferences, recruitment campaigns, and holding conventions, conferences, etc.
In case of any attack on any social, national, cultural, religious identity, etc., the Bajrang Dal mobilises protests, burns effigies, etc., to consolidate the national society of Bharat. Its constructive activities include the eradication of social evils like untouchability, dowry, drug addictions, female foeticide, cow slaughter, etc. It also works for building national character and individual character, organising programmes to create awareness on national issues like population imbalance, conversion, Mandir entry, etc.
Its Seva (Service) activities include literacy/education, medical/dispensary, youth empowerment, skill development, running computer training centres, tuition centres, organising blood donation camps and medical camps, cooperating in Dharmic Yatras, distributing educational materials, rescue and rehabilitation activities during natural calamities like devastating floods, earthquakes, etc. They also get training to be of use, if a need arises, against various man-made disasters, including terrorism, war, etc.
Achievements of Bajrang Dal
For the last three years, ‘Mewat ki Shourya Yatra’ has been conducted in those areas where the Hindu population is disappearing.
Since 1996 till date, about 86,00,000 (86 lahks) cow progenies have been saved from being butchered.
More than 500,000 trees have been planted in the last ten years.
Have been donating 100,000 units of blood every year since 2015 on the occasion of Hutatma Divas (Martyrdom Day).
Saved thousands of girls from Love Jihad and various other forms of Jihadi aggression.
Protected Hindu festivals, temples, saints, and centres of faith.
Saved Scheduled Castes brethren, Tribal brethren and other Hindu brethren from the clutches of fraudulent X’ian Changai (pseudo-healing) Sabhas and other forms of deceitful practices of proselytising Christian missionaries.