The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) is a mass organisation. The VHP has been organising movements to gather opinion on national, religious and social issues. The VHP has spread its message to the masses through these movements and at the same time managed to get the desired results through these movements by putting pressure on the government and the anti-Hindu forces. This is the only way to achieve the ends in a democratic set-up. VHP was born out of a churning of the beliefs of the chief saints of all the spiritual schools of India. As a result, all its movements have happened under the guidance, command and inspiration of holymen and saints. The VHP has gone on to achieve success in these movements because of the blessings of these saints. Not only this, it has also led to unique and miraculous achievements in the field of social awakening. The saints and the respected Guruji had put forth a goal on the day of its establishment, “To achieve glory for the Hindu religion through its awakening and renaissance.” Today at the end of Golden Jubilee year of VHP, looking back at the past 50 years of the existence of the organisation, it can be said without any doubt that the VHP has been able to achieve the goal that it had set out to achieve. This would not have been achieved if the VHP had not organised its mass movements over the years. Today, there is no doubt that VHP has tasted success because of its mass movements. Therefore, it goes without saying that we discuss and outline the achievements of the major mass movements organised by the VHP in the last 50 years.
Raam Janmabhoomi Mandir Movement
The Raam Janmabhoomi Mandir Movement became synonymous with the VHP, such was the extent and impact of the movement on the Indian psyche and diaspora, not to mention the end results also. The history of this movement has been well–documented, a lot has been written on it. The Hindus have fought 76 battles to regain the custody of this temple complex after a General of the Muslim invader Moghul Babur ordered the demolition of the holy temple in 1528. This goes far to show the resolve of the Hindus to take back the temple complex and rebuild the holy temple. On the 7th of April, 1984, our Dharm Sansad , in its meeting held in Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan, took a resolution to construct the holy temple. To achieve this end, it was decided that ‘Raam-Janki’ Rath-Yatras would be carried out all over the country to awaken the masses on the issue of Raam temple construction. Such was the impact of this Yatra that the erstwhile government had to open the locks of the Raam Janmabhoomi complex on 1 February, 1986. The Shila-Poojans carried out at some 3 lakh places all over the country in 1989 united the Mandir supporters in a way that had never happened before and this demoralised the anti-temple forces, thereby clearing way for the temple construction in a big way. Seeing the huge upsurge of the temple movement, the government buckled under pressure and soon announced that the disputed site was no longer disputed. History was made when a member of the Scheduled Caste Community, Mr Kameshwar Chaupal carried out Shilanyas on 10 November, 1989 on the same spot. Despite the ruthless massacre of the Kar-sevaks by the erstwhile state government after the announcement of the kar-seva on 30 October, 1990, the kar-seva was indeed carried out. The world saw with amazement, how an ancient religion, had fought back. The sacrifices of the martyrs of 2 November, 1990, are still etched in our minds. Despite the machinations of the Central govt and the pseudo-secularists, the Babri structure was finally demolished on December 6, 2012. The 2010 judgement of the High Court gave further credence to the claims of the Hindus , “An external aggressor called Babur had demolished the Raam temple and the structure that had been built at the place was not a mosque.” With the Shilanyas and removal of Babari Structure, the first stage of the Raam temple movement is complete. At this point of time, a Raam temple exists on the holy site and no one can even dare to think of removing it. In the next stage, the construction of a grand temple is on the cards and this can happen anytime in the near future. The mass movement of the past 30 years has now started bearing fruits, the movement has been so extensive that the temple at the site is now not only a Raam temple, but has transformed itself into a national temple. The resolve of more than 100 crore Hindus has not only united the whole Hindu community but also brought the anti-Hindu forces to its knees. This Hindu renaissance movement has become so large in its impact and scale that many other such movements of the world, pale into insignificance, in its comparison.
Amarnath Yatra Andolan
Nestled in the mountains of the Kashmir valley, the holy site of Amarnath has been one of the holiest pilgrimages for the staunchest of Hindu faithfuls since times immemorial. Despite the depredations of the muslims, this yatra has never stopped. The Islamic terrorists have been regularly attacking the pilgrims to deter them from making the yatra, and thereby achieve their goal of Dar-Ul-Islam. When it became impossible to undertake the yatra because of the terror attacks, the saints and VHP commandeered the Bajrang Dal to take up the challenge. After this, the Bajrang Dal in 1986 resolved that it will undertake the yatra with 50 000 youths. On the resolve of the Bajrang Dal, this yatra which used to see not more than 15000-20000 pilgrims during peace times, now saw lakhs of pilgrims turning up. In 1996, more than one lakh pilgrims made the yatra. After this shameful failure of the terrorists, the separatists and pseudo-secularists of Kashmir took it upon themselves to disrupt the yatra. They decided to take away the land meant for the pilgrims’ shelter and resting. But the 2008 movement compelled the government to return the land back to the pilgrims, this was a major victory for this VHP movement, however, now the seperetists are bent on playing another sinsiter game by reducing the duration of the pilgrimage. But the VHP is alert of these machinations and always on its toes. The VHP is committed to ensuring that the yatra not only takes place every year but also that it can take place throughout the year in the future. VHP is also resolved to ensuring that the Hindus can enter and leave the valley at their own free will. The success of the Amarnath Yatra can become epochal in settling the displaced Hindus back in the valley.
Boodha Amarnath Yatra
After the Kashmir valley, the Jammu region too has become the target of the muslim terrorists. The Hindus were fleeing the districts where they were in a minority, the exodus of the Hindus had become commonplace. One of these districts is Poonchh, the Hindus here comprise only 7% of the population. The Bajrang Dal then restarted the Boodha Amarnath Yatra. It must be mentioned here that this yatra which had been going on since ancient times had to be stopped because of terror attacks. To start with, the terrorists did not budge from attacking the pilgrims of this yatra, but the yatra was a success and has resulted in putting a check on the exodus. The VHP has resolved to restart many more such yatras which had to stop because of the terror tactics of the muslim separatists.