PA­TRIOT GAMES

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Wield­ing sticks and swords and tak­ing care­ful aim with ri­fles, Ba­jrang Dal mem­bers were work­ing hard at a ‘self-de­fence’ camp in­tended to pre­pare them for con­flict with ter­ror­ists. The Ba­jrang Dal is the youth wing of the Vishva Hindu Par­ishad (VHP). Camps have been or­gan­ised for en­thu­si­as­tic cadres across Ut­tar Pradesh and Ra­jasthan. In one video, the ‘en­emy’ were out­fit­ted in skull caps. VHP pres­i­dent Pravin To­ga­dia de­nied there was any­thing con­tro­ver­sial about the camps. “[The] Ba­jrang Dal has been or­gan­is­ing Yuva Shau­rya Prashik­shan camps for the past 25 years,” he said, “to make the youth of the na­tion healthy.” To­ga­dia went on to claim that the Ba­jrang Dal had re­duced the num­ber of sick peo­ple in the coun­try by en­cour­ag­ing phys­i­cal fit­ness and should be thanked for its ini­tia­tive.

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