Cow is a sacred asset of the nation – Subramanian Swamy

Bahadur Shah II (r. 1837-58) last Mughal emperor of India

“A single individual by simply not consuming meat prevents the equivalent of 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions in a year. This is more than the one ton of CO2 emissions prevented by switching from a large sedan to a small car. …  There is no justification whatsoever for one to continue to be a non-vegetarian knowing the devastating consequences of meat-eating.” – Dr. Subramanian Swamy 

When India fought the First War of Independence in 1857, and Bahadur Shah ‘Zafar’ was installed as emperor by the Hindus in Delhi for a brief period, his Hindu Prime Minister, on the emperor’s proclamation, made the killing of cow a capital offence. Earlier in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s kingdom, the only crime that had capital punishment was cow slaughter.

One global patent has been granted for cow urine, neem and garlic as a pest repellent, fungicidal and growth promontory properties for all different crops.

Our West influenced intellectuals and mentally dominated by foreign idiom, sneer at the mention of the cow, leave alone speaking about the cow as an asset to the nation. But we know that these intellectuals first sneered at yoga, now it is a fashion for them doing pranayama at cocktail parties. They also sneered at our sannyasis, calling them disparagingly as “godmen”. Now they flock to ashrams with their white friends ever since the Beatles did. Who knows, they may soon boast of a cow in their backyards. For those of us who are desi by pedigree and conviction, I place some facts about the cow in the new perspective of modern Hindutva.

India has 150 million cows today (2009), giving an average of less than 200 litres of milk per year. If they could be fed and looked after, then these divine animals can give an average of 11,000 litres of milk as the Israeli cows do. That could provide milk for the whole world. The milk we produce today is the cheapest in the world. With enhanced production by raising the productivity of milch cows we can become the world’s largest exporter of milk and India’s biggest foreign exchange earner.

The cow was elevated to the status of divinity in the Rigveda itself. In Book VI, the Hymn XXVIII attributed to Rishi Bhardwaja, extols the virtue of the cow. In Atharvaveda (Book X, Hymn 10), the cow is formally designated as Vishnu, and “all that the Sun surveys.” This divine quality of the cow has been affirmed by Kautilya in his Arthasastra (Chapter XXIX) as well.

Kamadhenu & Calf

The Indian society has addressed the cow as gow mata. The Churning of the Sea episode brings to light the story of the creation of the cow. Five divine kamadhenus (wish cows), viz, Nanda, Subhadra, Surabhi, Sushila, Bahula emerged in the churning.

Cow is there in the company of Bhagwan Dattatreya and Gopal Krishna. Cow is the vehicle of Shaillputri and Gowri – two of the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Ancient coins with image of bull Nandi on them have been found in excavations.

Thousands of names of places, persons and things in our country have the name of the cow: e.g. Gauhati, Gorakhpur, Goa, Godhra, Gondiya, Godavari, Goverdhan, Gautam, Gomukh, Gokarna, Goyal, Gochar etc. , that signify the deep reverence and high ground reserved for the cow and her progeny in our culture. Why? Because of the deep abiding faith that the cow is verily the Annapurna.

In 2003, the National Commission on Cattle presided over by Justice G. M. Lodha, submitted its recommendations to the NDA Government. The Report (in 4 volumes) called for stringent laws to protect the cow and its progeny in the interest of India’s rural economy. This is anyway a Constitutional requirement under Directive Principles of State Policy of the Constitution which says: “The State shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle”. In 1958, a 5-member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court ((1959) SCR 629) upheld Article 48 and the consequently held total ban on cow slaughter as a reasonable restriction on Fundamental Rights of all Indians.

Cow Puja

For a Hindu, the very appearance of a cow evokes a sense of piety. See how the most reckless bus driver avoids the cow that squats in the middle of the road. The cow is serene by temperament and herbivorous by diet. It is multi-product animal. Apart from milk, cow dung known for its anti-septic value is still used as fuel in its dried caked form in most Indian villages. It is also used in compost manure and in the production of electricity through eco-friendly gobar gas. Thus, Mahatma Gandhi had declared: “Cow protection is more important than even Swaraj”.

The cow, according to Vedas provides the following four products for human society :

1. Godugdha (cow milk): As per Ayurveda, cow milk’s composition has fat, carbohydrate, minerals, calcium, iron and vitamin B, and even a capacity for resistance of the body against radiation and regenerate brain cells.

2. Goghruta (cow ghee): Best among all kinds of ghee. As per Ayurveda classics it is useful in various kind of systematic, physical and mental disorders as well as it sustains the age for long time. When it is used in yajna, it improves the oxygen level in the air around.

3. Gomutra (cow urine): A total of 8 types of urine are used for medicinal purpose now a days. Among those, Cow urine is held to be the best. Hence the Americans are busy patenting while we are busy sneering about it. Anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal property is found in it. It is also having anti-oxidant and immuno modulator property, which is very much useful for immune deficiency diseases which are increasing now a days. In classics there are so many references available where cow urine is mentioned as a drug of choice. Even Parsis of Zoroastrian religion follow this practice.

4. Gomaya (cow dung): Gomaya is considered equally valuable as gaumutra and it is used to purify the environment. Cow dung has radium and it checks the radiation effects.

Besides milk and dung, the ancient Hindu wisdom that cow’s urine has medicinal properties and hence accessible at low-cost to the rural poor, is borne out by patents granted in United States.

Two US patents have been granted for cow urine distillate (US Pat. No. 6410059 & 6896907) for anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-cancer properties, also it is having a lot of antioxidants. Since it has got immunomodulatory compounds in it, it is a very good bio-enhancer to facilitate drug availability to high extent in our body. Patent from China is also granted to cow urine distillate as a DNA protector.

One global patent has been granted for cow urine, neem and garlic as a pest repellent, fungicidal and growth promontory properties for all different crops (WHO 2004/087618A1).

Sahiwal Cow

Another US patent has been granted for strains obtained from Sahiwal cow milk for plant growth promoter phytopathogenic fungi controlling activity, abiotic stress tolerating capability, phosphatic solubilisation capability, etc. (US patent No. 7097830 dated 29/8/06).

Also CSIR has filed US patent for Amrit Pani (mixture of cow dung + cow urine + jaggery) from NBRI Lucknow for soil health improvement properties.

All the above claims had been made in Charaka Samhita, Sushrut, Vaghbhati and Nighantu, Ratnakar, etc.

The above examples very well prove the utility of cow dung and urine for sustainable agriculture as well as for almost curing or giving relief in many serious diseases like psoriasis, eczema, asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, renal failures and cancer, etc.

This confirms Vedic message: Gomay vasate laxmi, i.e., cow dung is a source of wealth, whereas in western culture dung and urine are considered to be waste, even if their modern medical research has begun changing its view.

Furthermore, the common argument in the west for slaughtering cows is no more uncontested. Beef is not of high protein content as believed. Any dietician’s chart shows that beef, with 22 per cent protein, ranks far below vegetable products like soybean (43), groundnut (31), pulses (24). Moreover, excess intake of protein is not good as it only contributes to obesity, a bane of modern civilization. Moreover, to procure 1 kg of beef (or for that matter any flesh) it takes 7 kg of crops and 7,000 kg. of water.

Swami Dayananda & Narendra Modi

Thus protection of the cow thus makes good economic and ecological sense. Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the scholar-sannyasi and convener of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, a body of all prominent Hindu religious heads, has argued that non-vegetarianism indirectly contributes heavily to green house gases and other pollution.

He quotes a report from the United Nations of the year 2006 that reveals the surprising fact that “raising animals for meat as food generates more green house gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.” Ten of billions of animals farmed for food, release gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide through their massive amounts of manure. Animals such as cows and sheep, being ruminant, emit huge amount of methane due to flatulence and burping. “The released methane”, the report says, “has 23 times the global warming potential of CO2”. It is alarming to note that the livestock industry alone is responsible for 37 per cent of human induced methane emissions. To make room for these animals to graze, the virgin forests are cleared. The livestock industry also needs a vast stretches of land to raise mono-crops to feed the animals. The CO2 that the trees and plants store escapes back into the air when they are destroyed.

Growing fodder for farmed animals implies heavy use of synthetic fertilizers produced with fossil fuels. While this process emits a huge amount of CO2 fertilizer itself releases nitrous oxide (3) – a green house gas that is 296 times more potent than CO2. Alarming though these facts are, Swamiji sees in them a reason for hope. All that the people ever have to do is to avoid red-meat eating. In the absence of demand for meat there is no more need for breeding millions of animals for daily slaughter. And then animals population would cease to be medicated or inseminated for continuous breeding, thereby the population would be regulated

A single individual by simply not consuming meat prevents the equivalent of 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions in a year. This is more than the one ton of CO2 emissions prevented by switching from a large sedan to a small car. One needs to have an honest commitment to save the mother earth who has been relentlessly patient and magnanimous since she began bearing life. There are a number of reasons for one to be a vegetarian. People given to meat-eating think that a pure vegetarian diet is optional. But now they have no choice if they are alive to what is happening to this life-bearing planet. There is no justification whatsoever for one to continue to be a non-vegetarian knowing the devastating consequences of meat-eating.

As Swami Dayananda Saraswati has noted:

Promotion of vegetarianism does not require any legislation from the State. It does require a change of heart on the part of meat-eating individuals anywhere on this planet. I cannot appeal to the tigers and wolves. They are programmed to be what they are. Being endowed with freewill only a human being can make a difference by exercising responsibly his or her choice.”

Celebrity Vegetarians

If it is too much for one to switch to be a total vegetarian, then one needs to give up at least red-meat eating.

Cattle can be conveniently reared today only in villages because villages have open grazing lands and natural atmosphere and ponds, etc., which urban dwellings do not have.

But as the erstwhile Sarsanghchalak of RSS Sri Sudarshan has observed at a meeting of ‘Gobhakta’ industrialists in New Delhi recently, for rural economic development cow-based industries should be set up. An example of this is of Dr. Shrikrishna Mittal who successfully made tiles out of cow dung that could be used in rural housing for a long period. Of course cow dung gas has already come to stay.

Hence, a new fervour is necessary to create a cow-renaissance in the nation. As Bahadur Shah and Maharaja Ranjit Singh did, we should amend the IPC to make cow slaughter as a capital offence as well as a ground for arrest under the National Security Act, to give meaning and urgency to the total ban on cow slaughter. It is constitutional and is Hindutva.

The cow is thus a part of Hindutva, and we should defend it with all our might. – Folks Magazine, 28 November 2009

Desi Cow Breeds

5 Responses

  1. Another relevant article about the miserable plight of the cow in the state of Odish published in Orissa Post. Link:


  2. The ancient Hindu masters who elevated the cow to God status were no fools. Through their great powers of intuition and foresight they realised that the worlds rising population in the coming millennia was not going to be on par with its available resources (energy, fertile land, etc.)

    The cow proves to be the most simple and versatile solution for developed and developing countries alike. From energy requirements to medicinal applications the cow provides a myriad of solutions for the common problems of the world.

    Unfortunately man’s base instinct for satisfying his palette has taken preference over everything else.

    Long live Cow Protection!!

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  3. The chest thumping liberals are proudly proclaiming they’ll break the law and eat beef. Well who is the fanatic now?

    Few more facts –

    1. Water footprint rate of Beef (15415 litres per kg) is larger as compared to others like Pork, Sheep, Chicken etc (4000-8000) and way above the crops (<1000).

    2. Energy input to output ratio for lean beef are ranging from 54 to 117 against that of 24 for other meat, milk-eggs 7.7 and grains at 2:1.

    That is how inefficient and burdening the beef consumption is.


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  4. As long as Hindus bend towards dirty politicians and corporate food company robbers (McDonalds, KFC, Subway, etc), no doubt, cow-slaughter will continue without any hindrance. Let Hindus stop eating non veg first, because the high demand is from Hindu side, not from any other side, Hindus need to be brain washed first that eating non veg (particularly, cow meat) is not our religion. These companies sucking idiot Hindus’ blood by the way giving decorated and garnished meat. Hindus should unite and understand their cultural values, is the only solution for this problem.


  5. Rajnath Singh

    Will make all-out efforts to ban cow slaughter across India, says Rajnath – FirstPost -PTI – Indore – 29 March 2015

    The NDA government will try its “level best” to bring in a countrywide ban on slaughter of cows by evolving a consensus, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said.

    “Cow slaughter cannot be accepted in this country. We will make all-out efforts to ban slaughter of cows and will also try hard to have a consensus for this purpose,” he told a gathering of spiritual leaders of Shwetambar Jains, a prominent sect of Jainism.

    Referring to the cow slaughter ban in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, the senior BJP leader said nobody should doubt the government’s commitment to prevent slaughter of cows.

    “Nobody can question our commitment to ban slaughter of cows. The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has enacted a tough law for this purpose so has the Maharashtra government. We didn’t spare time to send a bill passed by Maharashtra government to President for his assent,” Singh said referring to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act which also extends the ban on slaughter of bulls and bullocks.

    On the occasion, Acharya Shivmuni wanted the Centre to bring in a legislation in the current Budget Session for banning slaughter of buffaloes besides cows.

    To this, Singh said the government needs to have an absolute majority in both Houses of Parliament to enforce complete ban on slaughter of cows.

    “You must be reading in newspapers how the government has to struggle to get various bills passed in Parliament,” he said.

    BJP lacks numbers in Rajya Sabha.

    Singh recalled that when he was Agriculture Minister in 2003, his ministry had prepared a bill for the total ban of slaughter of cows.

    “But the moment I rose to present it (bill) in Parliament, uproar was created. That is why we couldn’t get the bill passed,” he said.

    Describing Jainism as the “gem” of Indian culture, he said, “The entire world is affected by the scourge of terrorism, origin of which lies in the mentality of violence. And this mentality can be fought with the teachings of Jainism.”

    Citing CERN’s 2012 experiment on “God Particle”, Singh said it showed scientists have now started believing in Jainism’s theory of creation of world from a basic particle called ‘Pudgal’.

    Common consensus needed for anti-cow slaughter bill: Rajnath Singh – Bagish Jha – TNN – Indore, MP – March 29, 2015

    INDORE: Considering the requests of the saints at religious programme, Union home minister Rajnath Singh supported the idea to ban cow slaughter nationally and assured to take efforts for creating common consensus on bringing anti-cow slaughter bill in Parliament.

    Rajnath, who was in Indore on Sunday to participate in a religious programme of Jain community, clarified that bringing such law would not be easy as present NDA government is struggling to pass other important bill in absence of clear majority in Rajya Sabha.

    “Such bill can be introduce only with common consensus and we will try for it,” said Singh adding that previous NDA government led by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had introduce a bill in Parliament to ban cow slaughter, but the bill was not cleared by the Parliament.

    Supporting the call for banning cow slaughter, Singh said state like Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, ruled by BJP for years, have already enacted a law against cow slaughter and now BJP government in Maharashtra has also introduce law in this regard. “The anti cow slaughter bill of Maharashtra, which was pending for long, was approved by home ministry and sent for final approval of president without any delay,” said Singh adding that they believe cow death should be stopped in the country and urges people to form a common consensus on the issue.

    Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that killing a cow is equivalent to killing a human. “We already have law against cow slaughter, we will make law more strict and legally killing a cow would be made as serious as killing a human,” said Chouhan adding that not even killing, eating and transportation of cow meat would be a serious offence.

    BJP lead state government had amended the Madhya Pradesh Prohibition of slaughter of cow-progeny act in 2012. The amendment had puts the responsibility of proving the prosecution wrong on the accused in cow slaughter case.

    READ ALSO: Haryana makes sale of beef a non-bailable offence


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