Yogi Adityanath and the Rise of Rabble-rousers

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Yogi Adityanath and the Rise of Rabble-rousers

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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aj zaroorat is baat ki hai ki unki ma, behenon, aur betiyon ko kabr se nikaalo aur unke saath balaatkar karo.” (The need of the hour is that we should drag their mothers, sisters, and daughters out of their graves and rape them.)

This exhortation was captured in a 2011 documentary, Saffron War – Radicalisation of Hinduism, by Rajiv Yadav, Shahanawaz Alam, and Lakshman Prashad who were present at a Hindu Yuva Vahini rally. The convention was presided over by Adityanath who founded the outfit that has been labelled a private militia.

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