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The CIA’s World Factbook calls the RSS a ‘nationalist’ body; also on the list is the Hurriyat Conference under the separatist groups tag.

New Delhi: Sangh affiliates Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal have been classified as militant religious outfits in the recently updated World Factbook, published by the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Sources said the move has not gone down well within the saffron outfits and the two are expected to seek legal options to get the tags removed.

The Bajrang Dal confirmed to ThePrint that it was exploring legal options.

“This came to our notice a few days ago. We are consulting experts and seeking legal advice to counter this,” said Manoj Verma, national convenor, Bajrang Dal.

The two organisations have been named as militant religious outfits under the tag ‘Political pressure groups and leaders’. Under the same heading, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the ruling BJP, has been classified as a nationalist organisation.

Others on the list include the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, which has been labelled as a separatist group, while the Jamiat Ulema-e Hind (Mahmood Madani) has been deemed a religious organisation.

‘Nationalist, cultural organisations’

Leaders of the Sangh outfits claimed they did not have anything to do with religious fanaticism and that they were just nationalist and cultural organisations.

“Why would any intelligence agency cite our organisations as being militant. Who gave them the right? We have international branches as well but we’ve never troubled anyone. We are nationalists. We will see what can be done to get this right,” said a Bajrang Dal leader.

Leaders in these saffron outfits were also furious that they had been tagged with organisations like the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, which they insist was a separatist organisation.

What’s World Factbook?

The website of the World Factbook says it is an annual publication of the CIA with almanac-style information about the countries of the world.

The Factbook provides a two-to-three-page summary of the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of 266 US-recognised countries, dependencies, and other areas in the world.

It is prepared by the CIA for the use by US government officials, and its style, format, coverage and content are primarily designed to meet their requirements. However, it is frequently also used as a resource for student papers, websites and non-governmental publications. As a work of the US government, it is in the public domain.

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  1. Finally titles are coming from international circles for these Hindutva fringe talibans killing and lynching in name of fake hindutva and fake cow protection

  2. सीआईए
    के सर्टिफिकेट के
    बिना भी भगवा ब्रीगेड आतंकवादी
    गिरोह है।

  3. American outfits like the CIA arrogate to themselves the right to pontificate on every social and cultural organization anywhere in the world. Their “opinion” is entirely a reflection of how well these global organizations serve American interests. If these organizations are subservient to America, then they are automatically lauded and given accolades. The VHP and Bajrang Dal serve to promote Hindu interests. Issues where they come into direct conflict with Muslims and Christians are – cow slaughter, Muslim men enticing Hindu girls and converting them to Islam and Christian missionaries and foreign funded NGOs engaged in converting poor Hindus to Christianity. These conflicts on rare occasions do degenerate into violence, more often than not a retaliation to attacks on Hindus by Muslims and Christians emboldened after years of appeasement by the entire non BJP political spectrum who labelled Hindus communal if they protected their religion and heritage. Nobody cares about this labelling by the CIA, except the self anointed “secular” Indian media and non BJP political parties for whom it is another stick to be used to beat the BJP !

  4. No they are not they are the real Hindusthani who think for country and who are you to classify them as militant group???⛺️jai Shree Ram

  5. Agree with what mentioned for Bajrang dal, they are good for nothing except showing arms in the public. They are doing all sort of illegal activities in the name of nationalism.

  6. As I know CIA support lot of terrorist group all over world. CIA prime objective to unrest and disturbance in all most all the countries in the world. So they tag the name Bajrang dal or Viswa Hindu Parishad in their list nothing cost .

  7. CIA does not know the history behind the formation of these groups. They also don’t know the history of two religions: Hinduism and Islam. Islam came into existence some 1500 years back and this religion is so hateful, radical, and violent religion that since its inception, people of this belief created / have been creating havoc in other religions and religious people. Not only that, they fight themselves too such as Shia and Sunni conflict and among their Islamic countries. History tells they converted people into Muslims wherever they went. On the other, Hindu religion came into being some thousand years ago. If they had the nature like Muslims, they could make a Hindu dominating world by this time, but they are not. As they are not violent or radical, their existence as Hindus has been disrupted a lot even in their own Hindu country by the Islamic fundamentalists. Now Hindus, unlike before, realize their safety and security, and protection and hence, they formed Bajrang Dal and VHP to fight against the Islamic fundamentalists. They didn’t form these organizations some 1500 years back when there was no Islam. So, in other words, Muslim fundamentalists forced the Hindus to have these two organizations. CIA must know about it.

  8. Hindu kisi ka gulam nahi lakin Christan or momdan in dono nay sab tarikay say Hinduo ka soshan Kiya conversion Kiya iska SABUT Obamaji ko dey Diya Tha ye Usi ka Parinam Hai vo moka dund rahey thy or ab usko pua Kiya or kar Bhi Kya saktay Hai
    VHP or Bajrangdal par karvay karkay Hum Hindu iska pujor Virod kartay Hai or warned kartay Hai hamaray Darmik karyo Mai dakalandaji na karay nahi to iskay durgami Parinam hongay

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