Cow Protection: Hindu vs secular model of development – Sandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh“The response of Congress led UPA government to Gandhi’s vision of dairying is amazing. In April 2013, the headlines of the newspapers were “Beef exports up 44% in 4 years, India is top seller”. The Centre’s Pink Revolution to promote meat production and export has led to a 44% increase in meat consumption and export in four years, but it has failed to regulate the industry.” – Sandeep Singh

M.K. Gandhi (1929)Today Mahatma Gandhi’s value is not worth the currency notes which carry his picture. Gandhi-led Congress and other secular parties have worked overtime to achieve this.

To substantiate my point I will like to give an example of the initiatives of the Congress Government and Mahatma Gandhi’s thought.

Mahatma Gandhi said: Criminal negligence is the only cause of the miserable condition of our cattle. Our pinjrapoles, though they are an answer to our instinct for mercy, are a clumsy demonstration of its execution. Instead of being model dairy farms and great profitable national institutions, they are merely depots for receiving decrepit cattle. (YI, 6-10-’21, p.318)

An ideal goshala would supply the city of its domicile with cheap and wholesome milk from cattle of its own keeping, and cheap and lasting footwear not out of slaughtered hide but of the hide of dead cattle. Such a goshala will not be on one or two acres of ground in the heart of a city or in its immediate neighbourhood but it would have at some distance, but within easy reach, fifty to a hundred acres of ground where a modern dairy and a modern tannery would be conducted on strictly business but national lines. Thus there would be no profits and no dividends to be paid and there would be also no loss incurred. … Not Denmark but India should be a model state for the finest dairy experiments, and India should not to her shame have to export nine crore rupees worth of dead cattle hide annually and for her consumption use slaughtered cattle hide. (YI, 22-10-’25, p.361)

The response of Congress-led UPA government to Gandhi’s vision of dairying is amazing. In April 2013, the headlines of the newspapers were “Beef exports up 44% in 4 years, India is top seller.” The Centre’s Pink Revolution to promote meat production and export has led to a 44% increase in meat consumption and export in four years, but it has failed to regulate the industry.

As per animal husbandry departments, meat from registered slaughterhouses increased from 5.57 lakh tonnes in 2008 to 8.05 lakh tonnes in 2011. India became the world’s top exporter of beef in 2012. The food processing ministry had announced subsidies of 15 crore to modernize abattoirs. The number of buffaloes killed went up from 49.46 lakh in 2008 to 69.6 lakh in 2011.

Narendra ModiThe incentivized promotion of beef is not accidental but intentional. The Congress believes that Mahatma Gandhi’s views, thoughts are of no value today. It was evident from a Union Minister of Congress led UPA government’s recent statement.

”There is something which is not realistic about Gram Rajya. Mahatma Gandhi spoke about Gram Rajya, which means the village will itself produce all resources it needs,” Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development [Pallam Raju].  He was delivering the keynote address at Pan-IIM World Management Conference in May 2013. “The idea of autonomous village does not hold any realistic view in our lifetime,” he noted, adding the current world is of globalisation and increasing communication.

May be the minister has not read Gandhi. Gandhi has specifically said “I have no quarrel with steamships and telegraphs.” (YI, 7-10-’26, p. 348, Village Swaraj.)

In June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi said “I was shocked when someone associated with the Government of India said this. If this is how they think then they have not been able to understand India. And if they are in decision-making, I wonder what will happen to the villages?” The chief minster went on to say, “I can say this with conviction—that Mahatma Gandhi’s economic ideas are as relevant today as they were and we must be sure of this. If we see what Gandhiji said on rural economy then we will not need to look for different paths of progress for decades. But then, those who do not have faith in themselves, how can they give faith to others?” He further opined that in a time when the world is reeling under global warming, we could find all our answers in what Gandhiji said. Modi avowed, “Gandhiji never opposed science or change. That is why the great man gave a way for rural development, which is as relevant even today but the precondition is we must have faith in ourselves.”

Incidentally when Modi made the above statement he was addressing the All India Conference on Livestock and Dairy Development. Here he also shared that: In Gujarat operations of animals are done with laser technology so that no drop of blood comes out. Cataract operation and dental treatment is provided to animals. Gujarat Government has decided to ensure that no animal has to walk more than 3 kms to receive treatment. All these initiatives are driven through Pashu Arogya Melas. 122 animal diseases have been eradicated in Gujarat.

The above not only provides a distinction between Hindu and Secular model of development but also answers the questions like who killed Gandhi’s ideas and who has kept him alive; at the same time gives the direction to animal right activist as to whom to vote for in the coming elections. – World Hindu News, 3 April 2016

» Sandeep Singh, www.swastik.net.in, has obtained a Post Graduation in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Sciences (XISS) Ranchi.  He is a contributing author at World Hindu News. 


Kapil & Promila SibalKapil Sibal hides wife’s meat business from EC – Sandhya Jain

After his explosive statement that the Congress’s Amritsar Lok Sabha candidate Captain Amarinder Singh had failed to declare the foreign bank accounts of his wife and son before the Election Commission, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy fired another salvo at the party’s Chandni Chowk candidate Kapil Sibal, accusing him of willfully suppressing information about companies owned and administered by his wife, Promilaa Sibal.

The suppression of his wife’s abattoir and thriving meat export business has possibly been done to avoid public attention to this aspect of their wealth in a largely vegetarian nation, particularly after the BJP’s prime ministerial contender Narendra Modi began to publicly attack mutton subsidies given by the UPA and the subsequent denudation of animal wealth in the villages.

In a meeting with Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma at the Nirvachan Sadan on Saturday, Subramanian Swamy claimed that while filing his nomination papers, Kapil Sibal deliberately failed to disclose in his affidavit of assets and liabilities, three companies which are owned and administered by his wife. These include Arshiya Exports Private Ltd; Arihant Farmhouse Private Ltd; and Hacker Electronics Private Ltd. The firms figure in the details of spouses’ assets that the Minister furnished to the Prime Minister’s Office!

BeefsteakOne of the impugned companies, Arshiya Exports Pvt Ltd, is one of the biggest meat exporters in Asia. Originally called Arihant Export Pvt Ltd, the firm’s meat processing plant is approved by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

As ‘Arihant’ is one of the most sacred terms in Jainism – the Tirthankaras are also known as Arihants – the Jain community agitated against the firm some years ago, particularly after hearing rumours that the firm may also be exporting beef. This prompted the change in name to Arshiya Exports Pvt Ltd. However, the Arihant name has been retained for the second firm, the business of which is not known.

India is the largest beef exporter in the world!Subramaniam Swamy has charged that as these companies comprise substantial assets, failure to disclose them is a serious perjury under the criminal law. He urged the Election Commission to forward his complaint with its recommendations to the magistrate for cognisance and issue due process. In support of his claims, the BJP leader furnished records from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs which show Promilaa Sibal as a director in the three firms from March 1981, February 1987 and May 1987 respectively.

In his affidavit to the Election Commission, Kapil Sibal has furnished details of his PAN number and that of his wife, along with income shown in the last financial year 2012-13. Giving details of bank accounts, mutual funds, shares, fixed deposits, gold and jewellery, he has declared a gross total value of these assets to be Rupees 1,03,89,794.22/- for himself and Rupees 1,34,90,422.56/- for his spouse.

In terms of immovable assets, Kapil Sibal has declared two agricultural properties, two non-agricultural properties, five commercial properties and seven residential properties in various parts of the country. The net worth of the couple is approximately rupees 110 crore. Neither spouse has any liabilities. Kapil Sibal has furnished detailed annexures of all his holdings and savings and current bank accounts, all of which would have required the services of a professional chartered accountant. Even if one assumes that he merely copied the disclosures previously submitted to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, it is difficult to believe that the omission of his wife’s commercial interests is accidental.

Interestingly, more than two days after Subramanian Swamy’s bombshell against the former Punjab chief minister, there is complete silence from the Congress and Amarinder Singh. At his Barmer rally on Saturday morning, BJP’s prime ministerial contender Narendra Modi challenged the Government of India to clarify the situation so that the Captain did not suffer if he was innocent; he suggested that such accounts could reflect the ill-gotten money from India that has been stashed in banks abroad and needs to be brought back to the country. – Niti Central, 12 April 2014

» Sandhya Jain is a senior journalist and the editor of  Vijayvaani Opinion Forum

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