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Classes on how to style your hair, propaganda through SMS: Inside Hindu Janjagruti Samiti

Mumbai city news: Workshops teach members “how to be a good Hindu” and “awaken their dharma”

mumbai Updated: Jun 10, 2017 12:38 IST
Ketaki Ghoge
The organisation’s sister outfit is the Sanathan Sanstha,which is under the scanner for the alleged involvement of its members in the murder of rationalist and anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar.
The organisation’s sister outfit is the Sanathan Sanstha,which is under the scanner for the alleged involvement of its members in the murder of rationalist and anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar.(HT File Photo)

Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, a radical right wing group, was set up in 2002 with a vision to establish a ‘Hindu Rashtra’. Here’s what we know about the group that has organised a conclave of 150 organisations in Goa:

1. It has its roots in Maharashtra and Goa and is involved in various activities aimed at uniting Hindus across the country. The head of the organisation is Dr Charudutt Prabhakar Pingale, an ENT specialist.

2. The organisation’s sister outfit is the Sanathan Sanstha,which is under the scanner for the alleged involvement of its members in the murder of rationalist and anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar. The organisation’s founder, Dr Jayant Balaji Athavale, is a hypnotherapist.

3. The organisation teaches self-defence classes, karate, stick-wielding, nunchakus and catapults to train its members to “handle mobs and goons”. Moral education classes are conducted for children. Workshops on “how to be a good Hindu” and “awaken their dharma” are held, where the “futility” of Indian secular democracy and the need for a Hindu Rashtra, learning what to wear and how to style your hair, how to perform daily worship, cow worship and Ganga worship are explained.

4. The group spreads its propaganda through a daily SMS service called Jago, by organising Hindu Dharmajagruti workshops, where it distributes VCDs and holds exhibitions, through press releases and daily newsletters. Members give lectures on Hindu revolutionaries or kings, atrocities perpetrated on Kashmiri Hindus by jihadis, pain of Hindus in Bangladesh, vandalism of Hindu temples and gods.

5. The organisation believes that a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ cannot be built by modern day politicians, who are power hungry, but can only be brought about through a revolution led by “dharma-abiding Hindus”.