The Gau Rakshaks Are Actually Killing The Cow

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The Gau Rakshaks Are Actually Killing The Cow


EDITOR'S PICK / From the pen of Jitendra Varma   /   Dec 10, 2015

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If ever there was a question about the extinction of a species in India, cow will be the natural choice which we would force on our Gau Mata.

 

One simple question – Do Hindu’s own cows only because they are our mata? No, they do it for the purpose of getting milk which they might sell in the market or consume. And in case if cows do not produce milk, to sell them off to anyone who is willing to buy them for any purpose whatsoever.

 

In present context cow rearing has become completely useless. They already give less milk than the buffalos; the need for bullocks is on the wane; the fodder is increasingly becoming costlier; the cow dung is being replaced by natural gas in villages and finally a non-productive cow is the biggest drain on a poor farmer or owner in terms of time and money spent on it.

 

Given an opportunity, if milk is his business, the dairy owner will settle for a buffalo which would produce more milk, eat the same as cow, need the same medical care as the cow, but could be disposed of at any time for any purpose whatsoever. Again as cow meat becomes unavailable buffalo meat gets a new currency as an alternative of cheaper beef compared to goat or lamb.

 

There was 90% fall in the sale of cows at last Pushkar Mela.

 

Bundelkhand is a strange geography where cattle is more in number than humans. Sparse rains, non-water retaining soil and lack of fodder and bad veterinary services in this area have given birth to a strange system ‘Anna Pratha’ where the owners set their cattle free (as they give very low milk yield) for the whole year except rains. These animals in droves scrounge for fodder for hundreds of kilometer and keep falling and dying on the sides. The stench would make you realize that you are in Bundelkhand. If they come back during rains so far so good otherwise good riddance.  So much for the caring of the animals.

 

A fallen carcass can be at least 10 times more profitable to the farmer than the animal’s hide if we use 100% carcass utilization technology designed and developed by the Central Leather Research Institute. But billions of rupees worth rural prosperity is left to rot and eaten by vultures and scavenging animals because we have ignored this sector and left it untouched due to its hyper-emotional connection as our Mata.

 

No one seems to view the larger picture. I am sure most of the Gau Raksha Samitis’ members would not be having any Gau. In fact, if they really want Cows to be protected they should adopt these animals and bring them up in the best way especially when these cows are not giving milk. That will be the best service they can do for their Gau Mata. Otherwise, they will not be able to save Gau Mata from extinction.

 

(image courtesy: http://goo.gl/No4lS2)


The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi. The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi.
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