Celebrate Vasant Utsav, not Valentine's Day: Bajrang Dal

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New Delhi, Feb 13 (UNI) Acting as a spoilsport for the Valentine's Day celebrations, Bajrang Dal today urged owners of hotels, restaurants and shops in the capital not to entice youths to copy Western culture by organising ''gimmicks in the name of love''.

''We will not tolerate any damage to our ancient culture and values. Valentine's Day is totally a Western concept. The celebration are a conspiracy by the businessmen to sell their products, by attracting youngsters through . Couples indulge in public display of love which is against our ethos. We should not let Western culture spoil us,'' said Delhi Bajrang Dal leader Ashok Kapoor.

They should rather be taught to celebrate Vasant Utsav, said Shailendra Jaiswal, deputy chief of Bajrang Dal, Delhi.

''We have already sent messages to the different institutions and organisers to refrain from Valentine's Day celebrations in the interest of the country. All parents and guardians have also been requested to advise their wards in this regard,'' he said.

In the past few years, activists of the Bajrang Dal, which has launched a 'save Hindu culture campaign', have indulged in violence, invading gift shops and restaurants, burning cards and disrupting festivities and raged through threatening couples on this Day.


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