Saturday, October 10, 2009

cow slaughter in India-its legacy

The slaughter of the cow in india and our Govt's refusal to pass a total ban on it ,would go down as one of the historical example of the failure and weakness of a race to stand up for his Dharma and establish righteousness in an issue that has aboslutely no merits and has been only twisted and contrived to extract election mileges..
contrary to popular perception invaders and kings who have ruled our country have shown great sensitivity and tolerance to this one act. Not one but several Mughal rulers imposed a total ban on cow slaughter to respect Hindu and Jain sensititvies..[The clash within: democracy, religious violence, and India's future By Martha Craven Nussbaum]...
The legacy of cow slaughter owes its origins to The British Empire which carried out its large scale practice ,mainly for satieting its huge army contingents. They then managed to project it as an essential principle in the practice of free religion for the this ingenious stance they managed to kill 2 birds with a stone[as they have often done against our fat-headed race]..they got away with being saddled with the blame of this practice and secondly..sowed the seeds of a perennial conflict; the flames of which would be forever fuelled by this pseudo-secularist ideology..
It is interesting to note that the anti cow-killing movement[1880-1884] almost upturned this boat as people cutting across religious lines took part in a vociferous agitation against them and that actively included Parsis,Muslims and Sikhs. (i have often wondered why our history text-books never mentioned this "secular' protest while they unabashadly dedicate chapters to notorious rulers who have been enemies of our culture like Babar, Aurangzeb,jehangir and almost creating demi-god impressions about them in our impressive minds..possibly it would amount to saffronization of textboot..lucky that the cow rarely comes saffron in its hide color]well thats a different story altogether)
The usual continued and for the pat 5 decades our successive govts used[rather abused] this principle of secularist freedom to selectivley allow slaughter of cows in our country.In 1966 Indira Gandhi refused to bring on the legislation even on the table despite nationwide protests which led to police violence and deaths..
In the present scenario slaughter for meat continues large scale in Kerala ,West Bengal and North Eastern states..there are more than 32000 unlicensed abbattoirs in our country where the animal is transported to and killed in a gruesome and utterly unhygenic manner..millions of cattle heads are made to walk across the vast Gangetic plains of Bihar,jharkhand and West Bengal for illegal transportation to bangladesh for slaughter..
On this backdrop i would write a series of posts on this practice..there are severeal aspects from which to look at it..ethical, economic,political,demographic as well as karmic..
i for one feel there should be a healthy national debate on the issue and if passed a total , blanket ban imposed on it...


  1. Hmm... now this is serious. u seem to have decided to embark upon a journey. which is not easy. not easy at all. these r not any local issue u r talking about, but its national and perhaps global. it also seems that u have decided to stand up and say that we r not going to take it anymore and voice our opinions without fear and without any prejudice. i don't know what u do but if u continue to write like the way u r doing now, u will soon have to consider the other one secondary whatever it may be and take this as full time job. this path will ask for sacrifices. how far r u willing to go? as u said eating gulabjamun and talking about it is not the same one.
    Swastika is a weekly very biased newspaper and the other one is banned in India, its from Bangladeshi minorities. i think u know what i mean. i can send it to u if u want to have a go on that. this country needs some real spokesperson like u, hope u will continue your journey.
    on a lighter note: i can see that u haven't spared your elder sister, but u could have done that a day earlier. i think she owes me some money. i went to see that movie after reading her reviews. and i must say i cannot disagree with u even if i want to.
    p.s. can u pls add some hyperlinks as foot notes in your articles, so that other people (western) may know what u r talking about? for example : Aurangazeb" and some photos. we need to carry this on an int level and not limit it locally.

  2. i would like to go through the 2 publications you have mentioned but at the same time i am very disillusioned with biased right-wing reporting..all that such half-informed extreme right opinionists do is to create a platform for analysts to project each and every issue as a rt. vs centre debate..the voice of logic and rights is distorted by this reactionery journalism into a jingoism of fanatic Hindu and Muslim extremists which is not at all the case..
    i mean if u see in perspective..editorials like Saamna[Shiv sena] and voices like Mutalik and thackery has actually lead to a loss of credibility of the real issue and projected it as a ethno-religious friction ..
    for all of us who feel strongly about these issues..we need to look at it from the idea of objective justice rather than any tilted perspective..i hope u get what i mean.however do send me the article s if u no. is 09243375145..for it might be of help..

  3. i see your point about objective justice but is not clear about the notion. can u elaborate on that a bit? how r we going to acheive that in reality?

  4. You should join politics dude.. do bengal a favour:) p.s. do talk about left ideology and how come it actually survived so log in Bengal.. kerala too for that matter..My university in Hyd had whole load of them and introtalk hence backfired!( that was more for the teacher and me to learn something and shed of few karmas) anyway it almost blew to a protest against the 'hindutva spreading org' crap.. but thanks to Guruji they did cool down later..

  5. your article is very much thought provoking and based on logical facts. Please send a copy of it to the RSS ,the BJP, Tarun Vijay , Narender Modi, Siv rja Chouhan, Nitihs Kumar . It is essential reading for them . . If the BJP got its act together, maybe some states could show the way for the rest of the nation .