Bajrang Dal to Disrupt Valentines Celebrations

February 12, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

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On February 12, 2005 Reuters reported, "Bajrang Dal vowed on Saturday to disrupt Saint Valentine's Day celebrations in Madhya Pradesh, saying the Western love festival was a violation of India's traditional culture. Saint Valentine's Day has become increasingly popular in India in recent years, led by retailers selling red balloons, velvet pillows and teddy bears to mark the festival. But the growing popularity of the day in officially secular, but mainly Hindu, India has in recent years sparked countrywide protests which have sometimes turned violent. 'We will oppose it tooth and nail because the concept of Valentine's Day celebrations has come from the West and through it an attempt is being made to spoil Indian culture,' said Devendra Rawat, a member of the Bajrang Dal."