Parampara Pe Charcha: Inside the Bajrang Dal’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Counselling Sessions

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Parampara Pe Charcha: Inside the Bajrang Dal’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Counselling Sessions

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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t’s mid-February, aka that time of the year when we gear up for the inevitable onslaught of mush. Jio Mobile announces a special babu-shona discount on goodnight calls, debates ensue over which is the greatest rom-com of all time – Love Actually or When Harry Met Sally, and your Instagram scroll is overflowing with bad poetry and #ForeverAlone memes.

And as you begin to feel all that love all around you, the mostly jobless Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad get into action. This is their only chance at relevance and they do everything in their power to make their presence felt. In the past, the spirit of the VHP and the Dal’s approach has been to seize baby Cupid by the diaper and give him two tight slaps. Attacking gift shops and destroying life-sized teddy bears, and making couples do sit-ups has been their modus operandi.

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