Stop the Jingoism about Holy Cow!

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Before the gaurakhshaks cruelly lynch or hang another human being, let’s ask them to pause and ponder. Pause to ask one question, “How do they and their pious Hindu brothers look after their gau mata for whom they kill without compunction?” And ponder over the state their revered ‘holy cow’ is in these days of ardent cow worshippers, asks Dr. Amrinder, exclusively for Different .

‘Manslaughter for cow slaughter’ has become the slogan of the cow vigilantes. In their kangaroo , there is no trial, no hearing only penalty, that too based on suspicion. Before the gaurakhshaks cruelly lynch or hang another human being, I would like to ask them to pause and ponder. Pause to ask one question, “How do they and their pious Hindu brothers look after their gau mata for whom they kill without compunction?” Ponder over the state their revered holy cow is in these days of ardent (fanatic would be a more suitable word) cow worshippers.

They are abandoned on roads making the area accident prone. Cars have toppled over, people have been gored and the cows have ended up with bleeding wounds that no one tends to. I once saw a cow with a broken tail hanging from her body by a thin strip of skin for a car has run over it! One bewildered creature delivered twins in the open, away from any comforting presence. The second twin was unable to stand up and though a crowd had collected, no one knew what to.

Their owners leave them to loiter dangerously roads? They come only drag them at appropriate intervals to extract the ambrosia from their udders and abandon them till it is time to milk them again.  To add insult to injury, these undernourished creatures are injected with oxytocin to increase their milk yield.

One visualises fat cows in green pastures contentedly munching grass to their heart’s content to reward their owners with pails of rich creamy milk as one sees in Scotland and Switzerland. In the country of cow worshipers, they are seen in garbage dumps rummaging along with dogs, cat, and rats, chewing vegetable and fruit peels along with covers! Don’t these gau rakshaks understand that they are bestowing upon the very creatures they kill to protect, an end far worse than slaughter? With the nonbiodegradable plastic blocking their gastrointestinal tract, the poor things die a tortured, lingering death. Why aren’t they saved from such horrifying, slow slaughter?       

People stop their cars in the middle of the road to give them leftover chappatis, smug in the belief that they have done their religious deed of the day and gained merit for the afterlife. Expecting chappatis from every car, these dumb creatures shove their noses inside car at red lights frightening the daylights out of those not so religiously inclined. They move at slowly in herds in the middle of the road during office hours rush much to the exasperation of commuters.

As for the brass bell-ringing cart from gaushalas (cow shelters) that goes from house to house, collecting food for the poor creatures put to pasture, the less said the better. One refused my offerings of vegetable and fruit peels and the stalk ends of saag and methi, which was what they actually eat and readily took leftovers from another house. I wonder why?

Such then is the pitiful state of the worshipped, giver of all things sacred to humanity. Ban cow slaughter by all means but please, protect those you save from a life far worse than death; otherwise, you will be defeating the very purpose of your vigilance. Give them a good life and they will repay you a thousand times over with limitless bounties. Take care of these beautiful placid creatures with lovely khol-lined eyes and keep them away from plastic.

©Dr. Amrinder Kaur Bajaj

Photos by the author and from the Internet

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Dr. Amrinder Kaur Bajaj is a practicing gynaecologist and the HOD Obs & Gynae at MAX Hospital Pitampura, Delhi. Writing is a passion that has led to the publication of two wellness books, a book of poems, a joke book, and a memoir based on her association with the noted Indian author and columnist Khushwant Singh. She regularly writes columns, articles, travelogues, and short stories for magazines and newspapers and has contributed chapters to medical text books.