Cow pro­tec­tion busi­ness makes me an­gry: Modi

BREAK­ING SI­LENCE Prime Min­is­ter urges states to pre­pare dossier on vig­i­lantes

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day lashed out at self–styled cow pro­tec­tors, say­ing peo­ple who have set up shop in the name of ‘gau rak­sha’ make him very an­gry.

Modi’s re­marks at a town hall­style event in New Delhi are his first on a rag­ing con­tro­versy over at­tacks against Mus­lims and Dal­its on sus­pi­cion of slaugh­ter­ing cows or smug­gling beef — banned in sev­eral In­dian states. Cows are revered animals for Hin­dus.

“Peo­ple who have set up shop in the name of gau rak­sha (cow pro­tec­tion) make me an­gry,” Modi said in his in­ter­ac­tion with cit­i­zens to mark two years of MyGov, a ma­jor e-gov­er­nance ini­tia­tive by his gov­ern­ment.

“I have seen some peo­ple in­volved in anti-so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties at night and don­ning the garb of cow pro­tec­tors in the morn­ing. The states should pre­pare dossiers of such cow pro­tec­tors...70-80% will be those who in­dulge in anti-so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and try to hide their sins by pre­tend­ing to be cow pro­tec­tors,” Modi said.

Few hours af­ter the event, the Prime Min­is­ter tweeted on the is­sue: “The sa­cred prac­tice of cow wor­ship & the com­pas­sion of Gau Seva can’t be mis­used by some mis­cre­ants pos­ing as Gau Rak­shaks (sic)”.

“There is ab­so­lutely no need for any­one to take the law in his PM Naren­dra Modi with the con­trib­u­tors to the Mann Ki Baat Ra­dio Pro­gramme and the MyGov plat­form in New Delhi on Satur­day. or her hands & dis­turb the spirit of har­mony & to­geth­er­ness.”

Op­po­si­tion par­ties had crit­i­cised Modi for not speak­ing out against such in­ci­dents and say that his si­lence was en­cour­ag­ing fringe groups to take the law into their own hands.

In Septem­ber last year, a 55-year-old Mus­lim man was lynched and his son se­ri­ously in­jured by a mob over al­le­ga­tions of cow slaugh­ter at Bisada vil­lage in Ut­tar Pradesh’s Dadri, spark­ing a na­tion­wide de­bate on re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance un­der the BJP regime.

The Congress said Modi’s com­ments lacked con­vic­tion.

“The PM is an­gry but when will these shops be closed? Need ac­tion not just words,” the party’s chief spokesper­son Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala said.

More cows die from eat­ing waste plas­tic dumped in garbage than are slaugh­tered, the Prime Min­is­ter said.


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