Cow protection was actually a major part of PM Modi’s election speeches in the run up to the 2014 General Elections.
While addressing an all-party meeting on Sunday, a day before the start of the monsoon session, PM Modi called for “tough action” against violence in the name of protecting “gau mata”.
But the million dollar question is “Is he really serious about checking communal violence?”
According to Pratik Sinha, founder of AltNews.in, “Mr Modi should look within BJP and see where the virus of Gau Rakshak starts from. Otherwise, it is all empty words.”
In his Facebook post, Pratik Sinha cited an article from his site, entitled, “Politics of the cow – what emboldens the lynch mobs?”
The article offers ample insight into the why’s and how’s of the recent surge in mob lynching incidents trigged by self-appointed Gau-rakshaks.
The article written by Sam Jawed, says “Gaumata, Gau raksha, beef ban… In the 70 years since independence, never has the country been so obsessed with all things bovine than it is today with BJP in power. From banning the sale of beef in some states to cow cess in others, the humble cow has dominated the headlines like never before. In a country where women’s safety is still a challenge, a new bill in Gujarat makes cow slaughter punishable with a life sentence.”
As the author of the article points out, the BJP has thrived on polarization along the lines of religion, castes and Hindutva.
Whipping up Hindutva passion in the name of cow protection was actually PM Modi’s election speeches in the run up to the 2014 General Elections where he was spreading an anti-beef hysteria with his speeches on the Pink Revolution.
Time and again, the gau-rakshaks have proudly identified themselves as the BJP associates, flaunting their photos with prominent BJP politicians on social media platforms.
As it stands, the recent statement by PM Modi is only meant as an escape route from the potential attack by the opposition parties in the upcoming winter sessions.