VHP eyes youth, to hold camps in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand

VHP to hold camps for youngsters in which they will be educated about the glorious past of the country & organisation’s plans.Much against the popular perception that the Sangh Parivar grows whenever the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) is shrinking because of its tendency to harp on the past and lack of future plans.

Worried over its loss of relevance, the VHP has now decided to tap youths with its youth wing Bajrang Dal holding camps in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in May and June.

Incidentally, majority of the people who had joined the VHP in the 1980s and 1990s because of its hard-core pro-Hindu agendas are now either too busy in earning livelihood or mostly inactive because age is catching up with them.


Sources in the VHP told Mail Today that while they used to organise at least two programmes every month in every district of Uttar Pradesh till recently, now the frequency of events has come down to one in two months.”This has happened mostly because of unavailability of members. It appears that we have been too busy in looking into the past (like Ram Temple) that we are not looking forward and making new members. Majority of the VHP members are above 50 years of age. They are busy with their own professions. Their children don’t show any interest in the works of the organisation. Moreover, Bajrang Dal, our youth wing, is viewed as a group of anarchists,” a VHP functionary said on condition of anonymity.

Concerned that it may go into oblivion, the VHP has decided to zoom in on youngsters. The Bajrang Dal has been given the task of conducting camps in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the months of May and June with the hope that it will help revive its image. Senior members of the VHP, during a meeting in Hardwar on May 25 and 26, will chalk out a guideline for the Bajrang Dal regarding the camps.

VHP’s organisational secretary Surendra Mishra told a section of the press that it was necessary to associate youth with the group to strengthen it and prepare for movements in an organised manner.

Media-in-charge of VHP Sharad Sharma said: “We will tell the youth in the camps about the glorious past of our country and our future plans. We will update them on how some people were working against our culture and how it is associated with our future. Besides the issue of religious conversion, they will be educated about the importance of cow and holy Ganga river in our lives.”