Hindu Yuva Vahini

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Hindu Yuva Vahini
Formation April 2002; 16 years ago (2002-04)
Founder Yogi Adityanath
Type Far-Right Hindu nationalist organisation
Purpose Hindutva and Hindu nationalism
Headquarters Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Region served
Uttar Pradesh

The Hindu Yuva Vahini is a Hindu youth militia,[1] founded by Yogi Adityanath, intended successor of the Gorakhpur Mutt temple in Gorakhpur, India. The organisation has been involved in communal violence.[2]

The group was founded in April 2002, on the day on Rama Navami by Yogi Adityanath. The organisation is headquartered in Gorakhpur.[3][4]

Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) describes itself as “A fierce cultural and social organisation dedicated to Hindutva and nationalism.” Its stated objectives are: “the integration of and mutual good faith within the massive Hindu society, through the complete abolishment of the differentiation between touchable-untouchable and high-low, promote the harmonious development of society.”[5] However cow protection, fighting Love Jihad and performing Ghar Wapsi are said, per media reports, to have been top priority on the Hindu Yuva Vahini's agenda.[6][7]

The Hindu Yuva Vahini has been charged by the police in the Mau riots of October 2005, where they organized the Hindu forces in opposition to a politician Mukhtar Ansari, the alleged murderer of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state legislature member Krishnanand Rai.[8] Charges of inciting riots, murder, and arson were brought against Hindu Yuva Vahini leaders Ajit Singh Chandel and Sujit Kumar Singh, along with Ansari and some others in the opposite camp. Eventually, a curfew was imposed on Mau for nearly a month.[9]

In January 2007, they were accused of burning mosques, homes, buses and trains in Gorakhpur when claims of the Gorakhpur temple being attacked emerged. This led to the arrest of Yogi Adityanath and 130 other members.[10] After these arrests, the members were suspected of setting ablaze two coaches of the Mumbai bound Mumbai-Gorakhpur Godan Express.[11]

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  1. ^ Violette Graff and Juliette Galonnier (20 August 2013). "Hindu-Muslim Communal Riots in India II (1986-2011)". Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence; Sciences Po. pp. 30, 31. Retrieved 20 April 2017. He founded the youth militia Hindu Yuva Vahini, known for its violent activities in the sub-region of Poorvanchal in eastern UP.
  2. ^ "How Adityanath's Hindu Yuva Vahini backed the BJP's Attempts to Woo the Rajbhar OBCs Through the Legacy of King Suheldev". The Caravan. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Converted? Whos your baap? Meerut couple thrashed by Yogi Adityanaths Hindu Yuva Vahini asked". Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  4. ^ Jha, Prashant (1 January 2014). Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal. Oxford University Press. p. 110. ISBN 9781849044592.
  5. ^ "What The Hindu Yuva Vahini's Constitution Tells Us About Yogi Adityanath's Regime in Uttar Pradesh". The Caravan. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Yogi Adityanath's Hindu Yuva Vahini to enrol thousands in Bihar". The Economic Times. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Hindu Yuva Vahini Roughs Up Couple, Drags Them Out Of Their Home Over Suspicion Of 'Love Jihad'". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Mukhtar Ansari appears in court in Mau riots case". The Hindu. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  9. ^ What Happened in Mau (27 November 2005). "Prof. Rooprekha Verma, Vibhuti Narain Rai, and Nasiruddin Haider". The South Asian. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  10. ^ "'When I Ask Them To Rise And Protect Our Hindu Culture, They Obey Me'". Tehelka. 14 February 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ Shahira Naim (2 February 2007). "Vahini activists set train ablaze". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 2 April 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007.

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