G – Gau Raksha | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z
Every term of a government is marked with certain events and happenings for which they are remembered forever. The term of UPA 2 was scarred by scams and corruption, while UPA 1 would be remembered for GDP growth even in the times of global economic slowdown and revival of railways. The NDA tenure prior to that brings the memory of ‘Agra Talks’ and ‘Kargil War’ and the list goes on.
The current term of the 16th Lok Sabha is about to end and the voting for the first phase begins in a mere three days. I will remember this term for sloganeering and jingoism but above all ‘Gau-Rakshaks.’ For the first time in the history of independent India, ‘Cow’ was the reason behind so many people losing their lives to lynching. To be honest, this term topped the popularity charts during the current regime.
A report by the data-based news organization, India Spend, found that “Muslims were the target of 51% of violence centered on bovine issues over nearly eight years (2010 to 2017) – and they comprised 84% of 25 Indians killed in 60 incidents. As many as 98% of these attacks were reported after the current government came to power in May 2014.” Only one incident each was reported in 2012 and 2013.
Around 56% of the persons attacked by these groups were Muslim, who accounted for 88% of those killed in this violence. In 2018, 100% of victims attacked in these hate crimes were Muslim.
There is a report on atrocities committed against Dalits and minorities that need to be tabled in both the houses on a yearly basis but unfortunately, this is the first time ever that the report was not tabled during the entire period of five years.
The last three years are also known for restrictions on livestock trade. While the government fiddled with this sector, the agrarian crisis deepened. The Dalwai Committee Report points out that the biggest contributor to the agricultural growth in 2004-14 was the livestock sector, which has never reported negative growth in the last 35 years.
“Thus, the livestock sector is likely to emerge as the engine of growth of the agricultural sector and can be relied upon for risk mitigation and minimizing the losses to the farmers in case of even worst outcomes from others sub-sectors. Previous studies have unanimously reported that livestock as the best insurance against agrarian distress as the sector is the source of sustained income and generates income more frequently than the crop sector,” the report says. And it is known by this time that across north India, due to the restrictions and raids from cow protection groups, livestock trade and prices have crashed.
There is a hypocritical stand on cow-beef consumption. While the ruling party condemns and bans it in Hindi belt, the same party and its party members consume it in the NE and southern states. It continues to the extent that they say they want to protect cows, whom they consider as mothers, but if you go around any city you will find so many living in stray pathetic conditions gobbling and eventually dying of plastics and garbage.
In spite of all this, India is about to become the largest beef exporter in the world, which includes 30% of cow beef currently being disguised and exported as carabeef.
With so many crimes and killings committed over the name of protection of an animal and the deafening silence around these issue from even the PM gives supports and encourages the psychos to carry on with their agenda. I still remember the day when Nitish Kumar’s government left the Mahagathbandhan to join back NDA – he tweeted within three minutes congratulating him. Can you believe that – but I have never seen him tweet on killing after killing. The sadder reality is that the ministers have honored many of those convicts on various stages.
In 2018 the SC said that “horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be tolerated and cannot be allowed to become a norm.” “It has to be curbed with an iron hand… no citizen can take the law into his hands or become law on to himself,” the top court added.
Psychologist Upneet Lalli, deputy director of the Institute of Correctional Administration in Chandigarh, said, ““Society has an innate capacity for violence and it’s very easy to encourage this. Right from Twitter trolling–which is basically extreme verbal aggression–we are unleashing and encouraging violence in different ways and contexts.”
In the times when even the animals, vegetables and colors are being divided on the basis of religion, did anyone care to ask a cow to which religion it belongs?
For all those who love animals,
For all those who are against hate crimes,
For all those who are against lynchings,
For all those who believe if India needs to become a developed nation there should be a complete ban on such activities…
It’s not a goodbye,
But it’s a GOOD BYE.
Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul
This is the 7th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Politics Category is ‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’, where I would be covering some relevant issues with the General Elections 2019 through the course of 26 posts.
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