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The Hindu Yuva Vahini or HYV is a militant Hindutva vigilante group founded by Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh and mahant (head priest) of the Gorakhnath Math temple in the city of Gorakhpur. What makes the Hindu Yuva Vahini so dangerous is that it has operated as the personal militia of a politician and religious cleric, Adityanath, who may be the future prime minister of India. Why the HYV Matters The Hindu Yuva Vahini is not the first expressly militant Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) group. It has been long preceded by the Bajrang Dal, an…

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