Before I begin this exercise Mr Prime Minister, I want to know why you and your party’s government failed to use your political power, government funds, political will to protect the cow. Why did 500 cows die in a goshala in Jaipur?
Mr Prime Minister, you can be as angry as you want because some people believe the cow is sacred and they will do everything they can to keep it sacred and protected. This they have to do Mr Prime Minister, because you and your party have not done it. Not even two years after you came to power. So, I am all for empowering gorakshaks (Reference).
First Mr Prime Minister, you plucked a leaf right out of Gandhi’s politics and asked our army to observe restraint in the Kashmir Valley. Mr Modi, you played politics of minority-ism and playing the Muslim appeasement card exactly like Gandhi; oh, exactly like Gandhi.
Let us look at Gandhi first; then we can better see how startlingly alike Modi is to Gandhi and his anti-Hindu pronouncements and actions.
Gandhi did all this on gosamrakshana
1. Tilak headed the local gosamrakshana samithi and spearheaded the larger movement which was led by sadhus, sanyasis, thousands of ordinary Hindus and Nirankari babas. Gosamrakshana movement (1860-1920) galvanised the Hindu community with a passionate desire to be rid of British rule.
2. Tilak’s gosamrakshana movement was to protect the cow from both Muslim and British slaughter and like the Ganesh Utsav, to unite the Hindus in a politico-religious bond.
3. Gandhi when he wrote Hind Swaraj (PDF) in 1909, had begun to position himself as a political thinker to supplant Aurobindo and Tilak. That is why he wrote the vacuous Hind Swaraj which is addressed to a below normal IQ “Reader”. Gandhi is the “Editor” who asks leading yes or no questions for which this Reader has no answers.
4. This foolish “Reader” in Hind Swaraj is the archetypal Hindu Nationalist of Gandhi’s wishful thinking post 1907 split of the Congress into two factions—Nationalists and Moderates. Gandhi had to make the Nationalists look foolish and he did this by inventing the “Reader” in Hind Swaraj.
5. This is what Gandhi wrote in Hind Swaraj in classic Gandhi style—uttering the most vicious, poisonous views coated in syrup. He used the same sugar-coated poisonous language when he debunked Bhagat Singh, Madanlal Dhingra, Savarkar, Subhash Bose. Now let’s see what he wrote about the cow and cow protectors:
“I myself respect the cow, that is, I look upon her with affectionate reverence. The cow is the protector of India, because it, being an agricultural country, is dependent on the cow’s progeny. She is a most useful animal in hundreds of ways. Our Mahomedan brethren will admit this. But just as I respect the cow, so do I respect my fellow-men. A man is just as useful as a cow, no matter whether he be a Mahomedan or a Hindu…. When the Hindus became insistent, the killing of cows increased. In my opinion, cow protection societies may be considered cow-killing societies. It is a disgrace to us that we should need such societies. When we forgot how to protect cows, I suppose we needed such societies….”
6. Please note—nowhere does Gandhi say cow is sacred to Hindus. Instead he mouths the same claptrap like Nehruvian secularists—it is an agricultural country, it is a useful animal. And by now familiar argument of the secularists—is the life of a cow more important than a human being?
7. Let me ask this question: If the cow or her progeny cease to be useful, what does Gandhi say we must do to them? Or Modi? Are the cow and her male progeny to be protected only because and so long as they are useful?
And as for “Is the life of a cow more important then a human being” argument—the question is all wrong—suggestio falsi suppressio veri kind of thing. Because if a person can kill and skin and eat a cow in Hindu majority India without fear of law or ostracism, then these people will kill, skin and eat anything. If “go” is upalakshana for all living beings and is therefore totally sacred, then Mr Prime Minister because you and your government have done nothing for gosamrakshana, it is for the people to act to protect the cow. Your Gandhian self-righteous anger notwithstanding.
8. Gandhi’s bare-faced lie about cow protection: Gandhi got idiot Hindus to die for his civil disobedience during the Khilafat Agitation with a two-faced lie. This is what he told Hindus who wanted Muslims to give up cow slaughter as quid pro quo for their support for the Khilafat agitation.
Dealing with the criticism of the Modern Review in his article in Young India for 20th October 1921, Mr Gandhi said, “I claim that with us both, the Khilafat is the central fact; with Maulana Mahomed Ali because it is his religion, with me because, in laying down my life for the Khilafat, I ensure safety of the cow, that is my religion, from the Musalman knife”.
Taking Gandhi’s preposterous claim that he was ready to lay down his life for the cause of Khilafat hoping to prevail upon the Muslims to give up cow slaughter at face value, a section of the Hindus insisted that their participation in the satyagraha for Khilafat was conditional upon Muslims agreeing to give up cow slaughter. But to substantiate the charge made earlier that all of Gandhi’s exhortations were binding only upon the Hindus: “I submit that the Hindus may not open the Goraksha (cow protection) question here. The test of friendship is assistance in adversity and that too, unconditional assistance. Co-operation that needs consideration is a commercial contract and not friendship…. It is the duty of the Hindus, if they see justice of the Mahomedan cause to render cooperation…. I do not want to make the stopping of cow killing a condition precedent to co-operation”.
The gosamrakhsna movement started and spearheaded by Hindu religious leaders and ordinary religious Hindus is dated 1860-1920. It looks and sounds like an obituary: the cow protection movement was born in 1860 and died in 1920. It was indeed killed by Gandhi’s Khilafat agitation. Hindus who were waging a dharmic war to protect the cow and ban cow slaughter were coerced by Gandhi to give up their gosamrakshana struggle to follow him in the senseless agitation to restore the Islamic caliphate in Turkey! The gosamrakshana movement which had gathered momentum and attained its peak under the leadership of Lokmanya Tilak was effectively killed by Gandhi during the Khilafat agitation.
Mr Modi, Gandhi did not protect the cow, Gandhi did not allow Hindus to protect the cow. You are going down the same Gandhian road. You appointed a totally insensitive and anti-animal person as Minister of EF&CC. Prakash Javdekar not only ordered mass killing of Nilgai (this despite the fact that this animal belonging to the antelope family is still called “gai”. Javdekar, like Gandhi had scant respect for “gai” and those named “gai”), wild boars and monkeys. Not that alone, just because AWBI opposed Javdekar’s funny GO permitting jallikattu (another anti-cow action by your government Mr Modi) he withheld much-needed funds from the AWBI—money used for several animal welfare purposes including financial aid for goshalas. The Ministry of EF&CC under Jallikattu Javdekar had released only 40% of Rupees 20 crores for 2015-2016 sanctioned by the government for animal welfare schemes and projects.
And while you fulminate against gaurakshaks Mr. Modi, can you explain why you or your government has still not tabled and passed a uniform, anti-cow slaughter bill which will include jihadi Bengal and cow-eating Kerala?
While MOEF&CC will withhold funds from AWBI which can help set up new goshalas and extend financial aid to goshalas already functional and doing exceptional work, your government is still continuing with the Congress’ meat export policy. Even in Modi’s India Mr Prime Minister, this ancient Hindu civilization, which worships the cow and there are people who live for the cow and die for the cow, and yes, kill for the cow, is the world’s largest exporter of beef.
I don’t give a damn that beef is also buffalo meat (carabeef). If cow is upalaskhana then buffalo is “gau” too. Your government is subsidising the meat industry which includes modernising slaughter houses and setting up new mechanised slaughter houses.
Prime Minister Modi, just as Gandhi did nothing for cow protection, I repeat, Gandhi did nothing for cows and cow protection, you and your government have done nothing for cows and cow protection. Your government is anti-animal, not just anti-cow. Until you put action where your mouth is Mr Prime Minister, more power to gaurakshaks.
And Mr Prime Minister, has it occurred to you Sir, that dalits and Muslims who skin cows in full public view, who slaughter cows in full public view, are goaded, instigated, and funded by very powerful Abrahamic forces—both Church and Islam? There is no automatic innocence of dalits and Muslims and so Mr Prime Minister, please don’t make gorakshahks Gandhi’s brand of villains.
You don’t want cow vigilantism, then you and your government should step up and protect cow, male cow, buffalo cow, buffalo bull and all calves. Do that first. Until you bring in a all-India uniform law banning cow slaughter, until you reverse the country’s meat production and meat-exporting policy, you do not have the right to anger or criticism Mr. Prime Minister.
Mr Prime Minister for more information about your government’s anti-animal ways please read:
As if to reinforce the allegation that Modi Sarkar has not moved in the direction of halting and then reversing the country’s meat production and beef export policy:
“With the new government taking charge in May last year, growth in meat exports did indeed see a dip in the April to June quarter. While exports rose 24 per cent in April 2014, shipments slowed in next two months—growth was a modest 10 per cent for the April to June period. But it has recovered since, rising 16 per cent in the first half of 2014/15 and 17 per cent in the first 10 months. Meat export is now a $5 billion industry, not only replacing basmati rice as the biggest revenue earner in India’s processed foods category, but also making India the second-biggest meat exporter. The supportive policies Modi railed against remain in place—the government still offers a grant of up to Rs 15 crore to set up new abattoirs or modernise existing ones” (Reference).
If the mandate of Nehru’s historians was to re-write the history of the Hindu nation without any mention of Hindus in the narrative, Nehru’s economists in the Planning Commission were mandated among other things to make meat and hide an integral part of economic planning and implementation. If the ideological origins of de-sanctifying the cow may be attributed to Gandhi, the origins of commodifying the cow, other animals and their meat, thereby de-legitimising and rejecting ahimsa as this nation’s defining characteristic and emerging as the world’s top exporter of beef may be found in Nehru’s economic agenda for the country and in the character of the economists in the Planning Commission. Speaking of institutionalised intolerance in Nehru’s Idea of India, renowned economist Bibek Debroy, in an interview to Times of India had this to say:
Q: A debate has been raging on the issue of intolerance in the country. What has been your experience?
A: What is generally not known is that Jagdish Bhagwati was essentially made to leave Delhi School of Economics and had to go abroad because his life was made very uncomfortable. He left DSE because there is a certain prevailing climate of opinion and if you buck that, your life is made uncomfortable.
In the course of the second five-year plan, a committee of economists was set up to examine the Second Five Year Plan. Dr B. R. Shenoy, member of the Panel of Economists constituted to analyse and apprise Nehru about the ambitious Second Five-Year Plan which made the self-destructive transition from investing in agriculture to investing in industries, was the only one to strike a dissenting note. As one of the several examples that Bibek Debroy gave for Idea of India’s institutionalised intolerance, he asked “Do you find Dr Shenoy’s name mentioned in the history of union policy-making? No. He was completely ostracized. He could not get a job in India and he ended up in Ceylon.”
The second Five Year Plan centred on a shift towards developing capital goods and heavy industry for long-term economic benefit. Of the Rs 4,672 crore in public spending, there was a significant shift in allocation from agriculture to industry between the first and second Five Year Plans. During that period, agriculture spending fell from 37 percent of public spending to 20.9 percent, while industry allocation increased from 4.9 to 24.1 percent” (Economic Milestone, Second Five Year Plan (1956)).
It must mean something that while Forbes India thought the Second Five Year Plan was a milestone, B. R. Shenoy wrote a dissenting report (PDF) on it; the only dissenting note as it turned out in the Kaurava Court.
Some numbers about meat production and beef export
India officially does not export cow meat. While “beef” is cow meat in Government of India trade jargon, beef is the legally accepted name for meat of all bovines. I know from personal experience that pregnant cows, milch cows, pregnant buffaloes, very young cow and buffalo calves aged between 2 and 5 years, calves less than a year old, heifers—all of them are transported to Kerala for slaughter from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, sometimes even from Maharashtra and from cattle markets in Tamil Nadu. This means all bogus pronouncements of no cow slaughter and no cow meat export, the country was slaughtering cows, even pregnant cows, pregnant buffaloes (so much for worshipping mothers and motherhood) are being slaughtered either for domestic consumption or for export or both. Nehru and Nehruvian economics alone has degraded this ancient civilization to the world’s largest exporter of beef. India is also all set to become the world’s largest meat producing country in the world.
1. Meat exports from India commenced in 1969.
2. According to data released by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce, Indian buffalo meat exports touched an all time high of Rs 13,917 crore in value terms in April-October 2013, representing an increase of nearly 58% over same period last year. In terms of quantity too, there has been 23% rise in buffalo meat exports from India.
3. India has about 58 per cent of the world’s population of buffaloes. Two schemes in operation in the country, namely, Salvaging and Rearing Male Buffalo Calves (SRMBC), and the Utilization of Fallen Animals scheme (UFA) have created new incentives to slaughter previously under-utilized buffaloes.
4. India has now 40 world-class export-oriented integrated meat processing plants and 35 meat processing units. A few more are in the pipeline.
5. The share of bovine meat in the total meat production in India is about 60% as against small ruminants (15%), pigs (10%) and poultry (12%). To produce the necessary quantities, the extraction rates in cattle are about 6%, buffaloes 11%, sheep 33%, goat 38% and pigs 84%.
6. Among Indian states, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has emerged as the biggest exporter of buffalo meat, followed by Punjab and Maharashtra. Besides having the country’s largest buffalo population, UP also has the highest number of abattoirs-cum-meat-processing export units. The state has 317 registered slaughterhouses and, in addition, 24 export-oriented units for buffalo meat. Of total Indian carabeef exports, 67% originates from this state.
7. Hind Agro Industries, Al Noor Exports, Al Nafees Frozen Food Exports, FrigericoConservaAllana, Rustam Foods, Rayban Foods Private are some of the major exporters from UP. “The state has 645 cattle markets, which ensure that there is a steady supply of the raw material,” said an exporter. Spurting meat exports from India reflects the importance attached to the livestock sector in the country’s agro-economy.
8. According to estimates of Central Statistical Office, the value of output from the country’s livestock sector at current prices was Rs 4,59,051 crore in 2011-12, which is about 24. 8 per cent of the total value of output from agricultural and allied sector at current price. The value of output from the meat group in 2011-12 was Rs 83.641 crore.
9. India is endowed with the largest livestock population in the world. It accounts for about 58 per cent of the world buffalo population and 14.7 per cent of the cattle population.
10. MPS Meat Processing Systems of the Netherlands is the global market leader in the supply of advanced red meat slaughtering systems, CO2 stunners, blood collection plants, carcass splitters, food logistic systems, and industrial wastewater treatment systems. Helmus Damen, Area Sales Manager, MPS Meat Processing Systems, The Netherlands, in a brief interview with Agri Business & Food Industry, talks about his company’s India plans, why India is a big market in red meat processing markets, issues like after-sale service and pricings, food safety, among other things. Excerpts:
Q: You must have some attractive plans and offerings for India. What are they?
A: We have our MPS Lines in operation in India already for 20 + years. We have also installed several MPS buffalo and sheep lines in India where we have produced critical parts in India, by our design and specifications, as such reducing costs to acceptable levels for the India market. In addition MPS has its internal and external global training Management solution where not only the Technical, Maintenance and Operation staff is trained but also trained on the Application (who/what/where/when).
India is set to become world s largest meat exporter, while in production—5.5 million tonnes valued at Rs. 83,600 crore in 2011-12—it ranks eighth.
There is huge demand for halal meat, the market for which is growing rapidly throughout the world, specifically in the Middle East.
Per capita meat consumption in India is low—around 5 kg as compared to the world average of 47 kg. This shows the huge potential for expansion. The meat industry is likely to grow at a good pace, say, at a compound growth rate of 8% over the next five years. The processed meat industry is growing even much faster, at about 20%.
Considering the increasing demand for buffalo meat, Government of India has commissioned three modernized abattoirs in Hyderabad, Kolkata and Shimla. The Government has plans to set up 25 more new abattoirs, including modernization of existing ones, in the ongoing 12th Plan at a cost of Rs. 240 crore.
Indian meat is exported to 65 countries, the biggest markets being Vietnam (forty per cent), Malaysia (nine per cent), Thailand (seven per cent) and Saudi Arabia (six per cent).
A visit to the districts of Meerut, Aligarh and Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh—the state is the country’s meat hub, exporting $3 billion worth per year—shows rearing buffaloes has indeed become much more popular than keeping cows. Nor is the phenomenon confined to Uttar Pradesh. “Booming meat export has triggered large-scale farming of buffaloes in states like Maharashtra and Punjab,” says Mohammed Ather, Managing Partner of New Delhi-based meat exporters, the Azan Group.
Two large, new markets are likely to be added soon—Russia and China. Russia has approved buffalo meat imports from India after its Western sources dried up, following the sanctions imposed on it by West Europe and the US over the Ukraine standoff. “India can expect $500 million to $1 billion increase in buffalo meat exports once shipments to Russia picks up,” says Santosh Sarangi, Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) a division of the Commerce Ministry, with which all abattoirs and meat processing plants have to register.
So too, India and China signed a memorandum of understanding in 2013 over China providing market access to Indian meat. “It is well-known that much of our meat exports to Vietnam ultimately reach China,” adds Sarangi. “Direct access to China will lead to another quantum jump in exports.”
From her answer to a question on the country’s import and export Union Minister for Commerce and Industry in the Rajya Sabha on 18th March 2015, we know:
From April 2013 to February 2014, the value of exports from leather and leather products was 5078.84 million USD and the value between April 2014 and February 2015 was 5661.16 million USD.
Value of export of Meat, Dairy and Poultry products for the same period was worth 4773.01 million USD and 4942.06 million USD respectively.
The value of total exports for this period was 284 billion USD and 287 billionUSD.
The percentage of the value of export of leather and leather products and meat, dairy and poultry products is less than 2% each of the value of total exports and together less than 4% of total exports.
The Indian GDP in 2015 is around 2.2 trillion USD. The country’s total exports are around 13% or less than 1/7 of the GDP and based on the figures presented by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, the value of exports from leather, leather products, dairy and meat export is less than 4% of the value of our total exports (Reference).
This being the case, intolerant Hindus who refuse to wear the tolerant Hindu dunce-cap and sat down in the corner of national public discourse space must as Modi Sarkar to reconsider the nation’s meat production and beef export policy. Notwithstanding the fact that revenue from exports from the livestock sector is less than 4% of our total exports, it is still a fact that the beef industry is resource intensive. The numbers of India’s Asian Water Buffalo is decreasing alarmingly; as alarmingly as the numbers of elephants and camels. By commodifying animals and using language which takes away the sanctity of their lives in Creation, successive governments from Nehru to Modi have built and are building our economy from killing—from the flesh, blood and bones of defenceless animals which if they could would run away or protect themselves from humans and their greed.
This timeless civilization is soulless today. There is more to life than “acche din” and development. There was a massive leap in meat production, around a 100% leap, between years 2006-07 and 2007-08. Even states which prior to this period were not big meat producing states are now showing high numbers for meat production. Crying “intolerance” cannot brush aside the fact that Idea of India is escalating its attacks against Hindu religious sensibilities to test Modi and his government to see how they react to the provocation. So far, Modi and his government have shown great resilience to withstand the infamy being heaped upon them; but equally true is the fact that Modi and his government have also not warned these intolerant Idea of India goons that needless provocation of Hindu religious sentiments will come with a cost. If the government will not take steps to protect Hindu religion and its articles of faith, well then intolerant Hindus who have unpinned the tolerant dunce-cap from their heads will continue to do all it takes to discourage such affront.
New post script
Narendra Modi in his Townhall speech played to the anti-Hindu gallery and instead of warning the agent provocateurs, chose to offend Hindu sensibilities by haranguing gaurakshaks. And then did a face-saver by amending his original insult and claiming that he meant people should beware of fake gaurakshaks. Not good enough Mr Prime Minister. – Vigil Online, 8 August 2016
For more Mr Prime Minister, please read
- Meat Tech Asia 2016 in Bangalore
- India: Top buffalo meat exporter
- Indian buffalo meat has become a serious business proposition
- Contrary to fears, buffalo meat exports are thriving under the Narendra Modi government