Hindus have been worshipping cow for centuries. Now, in modern era of secularism however, the religious sentiments of Hindus are being deliberately hurt by exporting beef throughout the world. A national shame which was denounced before Lok Sabaha elections -2014, as ‘Pink Revolution’, by the current prime minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi.
The first official slaughter house in India was setup in the year 1760 by the then Governor of Bengal Robert Clive in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Since, then slaughter houses have flourished in the country and now beef meat has become 2nd largest exported food by India lagging slightly behind Basmati rice. India has the world 50% of buffalo’s population estimated around 90 million. The export of beef has risen significantly in the recent years from Rs 650 crores in 1999 to Rs 2645781 lakhs crores in 2013.
Beef Export Figures in past three years (in lakh Rupees)
The first demand for a ban to cow slaughter was raised more than a century ago by Swamy Dayanand Saraswati in the late 1880’s, which was ruled out by the Allahabad High court in 1888 pronouncing cow not to be ‘sacred’. This judgement gave free hand to butchers to slaughter cows and its progeny throughout the British India.
In April, 1958 after 11 years of Indian Independence the Supreme Court judgement in Mohd. Hanif Quareshi & Others vs. The State Of Bihar(& Others), stated “that a total ban on the slaughter of she- buffaloes, bulls and bullocks (cattle or buffalo) after they cease to be capable of yielding milk or of breeding or working as draught animals cannot be supported as reasonable in the interest of the general public .”
According to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi; “Mother Cow is in many ways better than the mother who gave us birth. Our mother gives us milk for a couple of years and then expects us to serve her when we grow up. Mother cow expects from us nothing but grass and grain. Our mother often falls ill and expects service from us. Mother cow rarely falls ill.”
But in the zeal of raising export revenue, the Indian government has forgotten the usefulness of cow’s milk and their other by products.
Indian Government through APEDA (Agriculture Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) has subsidized Rs 240 crores to set up abattoirs in 2006-07 and Rs 300 crores for buffalo rearing in the year 2011-12 to help India become the largest exporter of beef meat in the world.
Recently, in 2015 the BJP- Shiv Sena ruled government in Maharastra has imposed a total ban on slaughter of cow and its progeny after which the Haryana government which is also now ruled by BJP is planning to follow the ban soon. But the export of pink meat has risen by 15.58% in April – Oct, 2014 raises serious concern over central governments poll promises.
Bal Gangadar Tilak once said “Kill me but spare the cow.”
Now the question arises weather the current government will be able give justice to holy and revered being of Hindus or will bow down to the rich slaughter houses in lieu of export money, the duty on which it has subsidised anyway.