I’m a Hindu by birth. Hence, I had realized the importance of Cow even before the RSS made the world realize that India is a very sensitive country when it comes to Cows. I was told by my parents that all the 33 crore Hindu Gods and Goddesses reside in Cow. So I used to bow down whenever I saw one. We even used to write essays on Cow in the 3rd standard that a cow has four legs, one tail etc. Back then, we kids didn’t know that a cow served on a plate is popularly called ‘Beef.’
And now BJP takes the credit for making this word known to masses. Until 2014 neither our households nor the society knew what beef is. Now, they know of course. After reading statements of BJP leaders namely Mr. Vikram Saini and the incumbent Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, I’m assured of the party’s love for Cows. But what intrigues me is BJP’s partiality.
While BJP has waged a war against beef consumption in Uttar Pradesh, in North-Eastern states of India like Meghalaya and Mizoram the party promises that there won’t be any ban on Beef. Why this discrimination with North-Eastern Cows? The same Cow which can lead to the killing of a man in Dadri holds no importance in Meghalaya or Mizoram. Why is it that the Cow’s importance changes for BJP with the changing geography?
Why is the attitude of the biggest political party in India diametrically opposite in two parts of the country?
Nowadays public discourse seems to be revolving around Cow slaughter and beef-ban. India is a diverse country and her people have lived in harmony through ages. And to maintain this harmony, not just BJP but everyone has to get over their divisive agendas. We need to ensure that peace prevails and for that politicians have to stop manipulating communal sensitivities.
Let the Holy Cow live in peace!