By Kavita Krishnan-Countercurrents
"Most importantly, are we really to believe that the Governments at State and Centre did not know all along about the activities of the Bhonsala Military Academy, and the fact that it was openly holding arms training camps for Bajrang Dal goons from all over the country? Blasts aside, how come such training camps for communal outfits were not deemed illegal and banned even as Bajrang Dal brigades repeatedly conducted anti-Muslim and anti-Christian violence?"
Moin has misunderstood the question a bit. The Bhonsala Military Academy is not the army - it's a private 'military' school, set up by B S Moonje, a Hindu majoritarian ideologue who actually worshipped fascist ideology and even met Mussolini. This school trains hundreds of young boys to join the Army. It also trained members of Bajrang Dal, which is a Hindu majoritarian fascist outfit. Can we allow a school which indoctrinates students in communal ideology to to train potential recruits to the Indian army? Can we allow such a school to impart quasi-military training to a communal outfit? Can we allow serving members of our armed forces, as well as former army officers, to give communal outfits training that they use against our countries' minorities?
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It's really hard to screen applicants in India unlike say - the USA or UK- but even in those countries ppl affiliated w/ groups like KKK / Jim Crow gang etc., do manage to join the Army, even in USA. I don't think the military would "invite" others for arms training camp here, except for applicants who want to pursue defense career. News which ACTUALLY reads "Bajrang Dal activists manage to get entry into Bhonsala Military Academy" gets interpreted by news media as "Army trains Bajrang Dal." Anyone who is a citizen of Ind can join the ARmy or enroll in an academy, and it's impossible literally for school admin to know who's who and what they full background is. So unless there's a clear cut criminal proceeding against them or at least a police case, it's almost impossible to screen candidates that way.