COWS are 80% human’! India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh joins cow vigilantes on stage to argue that humans and cattle have similar genes.
- Gau Rakshaks are India’s ‘cow protectors’ some of which are official members of the Bhartiya Gau Raksha Dal
- Other Gau Rakshaks are often mobs of right-wing nationalist vigilantes
- PM Modi has criticised Gau Rakshaks after a number of attacks on Dalits
- However RSS leader Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi recently said it was the duty of the government to take care of cows
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has once again stressed the importance of cow protection to Indian culture.
Alluding to the significance of cows during Mughal rule, and drawing on scientific studies, Singh urged states to implement stricter adherence to the rules against cow slaughter.
Sharing the stage with gau rakshaks at a function held in memory of those killed during a demonstration on the issue here 50 years ago, Rajnath said, “According to a study by scientists in USA, cows and humans share 80 percent of same genes.
“So there is not much difference between us.”
“As far as cow is concerned, it is not just a cultural issue, it is an issue of faith. But besides being an issue of faith, it is also an issue which should be viewed from economic, historical and scientific perspective,” he said.
Singh said the NDA government was working towards enforcing complete ban on smuggling of cattle to Bangladesh and taken a number of steps in this regard, but achieved only “partial success” keeping in view the long borders.
He said that apart from the steps taken by the Centre, there needs to be introspection in this matter even from the point of view of climate change, which is a challenge for the country.
“We have taken a number of measures and will try to put a complete ban on smuggling of cows, but I feel this will take some time,” Singh said, adding Article 48 of the Constitution mentions that governments will work to stop cow slaughter.
“We should understand that India is a federal country and there is need to take the states into confidence.”
He also said that there is a historical importance attached to the issue.
“Cow slaughter and beef was banned since the vedic times. Even during the Mughal rule, it was banned during the times of Bahadurshah Zafar, Akbar and Jehangir.”
“It has even been written in the ‘Babarnama’ that one cannot rule over Hindustan unless you stop cow slaughter,” said Singh.
Swami Gyanand Maharaj, who shared the stage, promised the gathering that the government was actively looking at making an amendment to such an MHA advisory against cow vigilantes.
However, sources indicate that the sentiment expressed at the dais is not one shared by the Central Government.
This is, however, the first time any cabinet minister was seen sharing such a dais with cow protection groups after Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly condemned actions by anti-social elements masquerading as gau rakshaks.
Modi had in August this year asked the State governments to prepare a dossier on such “cow protectors”, while asserting that about 80 per cent of them would be found to be involved in illegal activities.
The crowds in stadium were men gathered from across the country.
They also included BJP members, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and even RSS men. Senior RSS leader Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi said it “duty of the government” to take care of cows.
Another Sangh leader said “that this government has taken steps like the surgical strike was capable of bringing in law to ban cow slaughter.”
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Source : Dailymail.co.uk