Always striving to serve the nation: Bajrang Dal

For the past 27 years, lakhs and lakhs of Bajrang Dal workers have been constantly striving to serve the nation. Keeping aside their careers and their self-interest, chanting the slogan, “We may or may not be there tomorrow, but may your (mother India’s) splendour remain immortal,” they have always been at the forefront to tackle any challenge that has faced the nation. It was these workers of the Bajrang Dal who so impressed Koeneraad Elst that he said that nothing can stop the progress of the country where the youth of the country is always prepared to sacrifice everything for their nation and religion. David Frowley, upon meeting the workers of the Bajrang Dal had said that he is meeting the people who will build the future of this country. With fifteen lakh dedicated workers, the Bajrang Dal is certainly the largest youth organisation of the world. The workers of the Bajrang Dal have set new standards in many fields and have led the youth of the country towards a new direction. The Bajrang Dal is doing a great job of guarding the cultured society of the country while at the same time fighting off the anti-nationals and the anti-hindus.

The consolidated but pure nature of the Dal has been fashioned by the Training Camps of the Bajrang Dal. For the last 20 years, these camps have been organised during the summer vacations. After initial experiments, now a standard syllabus has been developed and based on this training is imparted at some 37 camps. This year, some 5000 youth have taken part in these camps and taken a vow of serving the nation. These camps are held in all the states of the country. In the last 20 years, some 60 000 workers have been imparted training at these centres who have also taken a vow to serve the nation and Hinduism. The pseudo-secularists of the country have tried every trick in the book to spread canards about the Bajrang Dal. Lies from ‘it is here that the workers of Bajrang Dal are trained to kill the infidels’ to, ‘it is here that the training to pull down the Babri mosque was imparted.’ Because of the discipline in the cadres, some have termed it fascist, some terrorists. Without understanding the Dal and its tenets, some people have even termed it as an organisation of misguided youths. The camps of the Bajrang Dal are held in a public place or a school or a hospice. The physical training programme of the Dal is held in the parks only and the closing ceremonies are held in the presence of the citizens and members of the media. Whatever is taught in the 7-day long programme, its gist is what is shown during the closing ceremony. This is where the parents, after watching the short-programme of the Dal, take a vow to send their children to be trained under the auspices of the Dal, it becomes a matter of pride for them to be associated with the Dal, such is the uniqueness of the programme. The Chief Guests, who are invited from the crème de la crème of the society, are enamoured of the training programmes and always assure their complete help. This year, an ex-army man visited the closing ceremony and remarked, “It is only the Bajrang Dal that can impart so much training in just one week,” this is some food for thought, this coming from an ex-army man. If the critics of the Bajrang Dal visit these training camps even once without a prejudiced mind, I am sure their beliefs about the Dal will change forever.

These camps are held during the scorching months of May and June only. That the members of the Bajrang Dal come out to participate in these camps, despite the heat, without any facilities, in itself goes a long way to prove their commitment. Only the bare necessities are provided there. No one has heard of a cooler or an AC, at times even the fan does not work, thanks to the electricity supply situation of the stations. The workers get adequate fooding but that which can be called plain. They get up at 4 in the morning and get back to bed only at 10 in the night. After the ablutions, an hour is spent in prayers to god. Later a tough regimen of Yoga, martial art, obstacle training, etc is imparted to the youth. They also learn target practice with air-guns. I would love to bring to the kind attention of all that an air-gun can’t even kill birds, it can at most only blow up a balloon. Almost 150 minutes of training per day makes the youth capable in self-defence. Subsequently, a thinker spends time with them speaking on national, social and religious matters. Every trainee is encouraged to deliver their thoughts so that they can become proficient in keeping their views succinctly in the public. This tough regimen turns them into a polished diamond. The personal ego of the individual, in this unrelenting 7-day routine vanishes giving way to an individual who lives and dies only for the nation and religion. They come to the fore as individuals who can take on any challenge be it on the national front or the social.

Despite the criticisms, it is because of these resolute, die-hard bunches of individuals that the Bajrang Dal has been able to bring about a lasting solution to many problems. Bajrang Dal will get a place of pride in the annals of the history of Raam-Janmabhoomi movement. The generations of the future will remember this movement as the ‘second independence.’ It was the workers of the Bajrang Dal, a full 51000 of them who made the Amarnath pilgrimage a reality in 1996 by themselves making it to the yatra when the terrorist attacks on the pilgrims had raised a question mark on the pilgrimage itself. The world saw a new face of the Bajrang Dal here. The organisers of the yatra conceded that had it not been for the Bajrang Dal, the casualties because of the natural calamities could have been higher. The hindu exodus from Poonchha and Rajouri had started. Like the valley, even these places were becoming Hindu-less, but the Bajrang Dal volunteers resuscitated the Boodhaa Amarnath Yatra. It was the Bajrang Dal that fought tooth and nail to stop the hateful crime of religious conversions which was going on with the help of foreign moolah and selfish politicians. In 1995, the Bajrang Dal showed how the cow-slaughter can be stopped with the help of youth power, when 3 lakh cows were rescued from the clutches of the butchers. The awareness campaign led by the volunteers against terrorism is well-known to even merit a mention here. The heinous practise of ‘Love Jehad’ in which Hindu women were enticed to elope with muslim men could be brought to an end only because of the Bajrang Dal. There are many more such exemplary work that the Bajrang Dal has to its credit. When it comes to serving, the volunteers have never backed out. The unknown face that works behind several pilgrimages and the organisation of the festivities of temple-mathas is the Bajrang Dal. Many sanskar-kendras and ekal-vidyalayas (one teacher schools) are run because of the initiative of the volunteers of the Bajrang Dal only. Seva-Suraksha-Sanskar (Service-Defence-Values), based on these ideals, the Bajrang Dal today, has broken so many records in serving the nation and society. Undoubtedly, the credit for all this goes to the team that is prepared out of the rigorous training in the camps.