In the year 2014, India was said to be the world’s largest exporter of beef, supporting about 20 percent of its total trade. Not only this, we are also one among the top 10 countries that produce and consume bovine meat.
As per the Hindu mythology, right from the inception of religious faith, a Cow is considered ‘sacred’. The ‘motherly’ sentiments attached to Cow are just and there is no denying the fact. I remember as a Hindu child, we were often taught to pay undue respect and homage to a cow (who was also said to be the home of countless God and Goddess in the mythological justifications of Hinduism). India, the land of snake charmers, is also the home of conservative Hindus that have perceived ‘Cattle slaughter’ as a taboo. Our religious intolerance has always remained prominent- right from the beginning of India rising under the ‘Rebellion of 1857’ (that started when Mangal Pandey denied the consumption of cow-fat used in the paper cartridges) to the present day case of beef-ban and lynching. The consumption of cow meat is absolute forbidden in Hindu religion!
India is said to be a ‘Secular’ country (though we have defined secularism in a unique manner)! In India, secularism is not free from the religious aspect as we pay ‘EQUAL’ respect to all the religions. This means, on one hand, a Hindu family in India is free to celebrate a cow religiously and on other, the consumption of beef by a Muslim family is completely acceptable. Also, the Government at their end has been freely exporting beef! Then what is the reason of a sudden uproar and inhuman religious intolerance? With the brutal murder and lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq, a man who was suspected for slaughtering a cow, the question of rising intolerance and growing communal hatred has shocked the Indian society.
The Constitution of India:
The Constitution of India has supported the cause of animal breeding, husbandry and has clearly prohibited the slaughter of cows and calves. However, in some states of India like Bengal, cow slaughter and export has been evident. It is apparent because most of the beef comprises of buffalo’s meat which is not considered sacred according to the Hindu tradition.
Religion over Humanity:
God created man in His reflection! If we condemn cow slaughter because a cow is deemed scared, then how can we kill a man who is nothing but a reflection of God? The Dadri lynching is an eye opener for the Indian society. It is about the worst nightmare that a family could ever see!
Dear PM Modi, while stepping ahead with the promising initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’, you are promoting our grace in the finest way. We do not want to go back to the barbaric communal discords that have stolen our innocence in the past. We want to step ahead… we want to grow and we want to walk hand in hand together. We want to understand that ‘human love’ is the biggest blessing and strength that we have at our disposal.