An Essay on Cow, in the Modi Age

T. Navin

The lesson on Cow is a popular lesson among School children. If School Children were asked to recite an essay on Cow in present times, it would go like this:

Cow is a sacred animal for some Hindus. Cow is our new national animal. This is not yet made official. But our Government led by Sri. Narendra Modi ji has made it an unofficial national animal.

Gaurment cow cartoonCow has four legs. Our prime minister has given each leg of cow a new role. The first leg is communal leg. The second leg is caste leg. The third leg is fascist leg and the fourth leg is Hindu leg. She has two eyes. Each eye has been given a task. The first eye is hatred eye and the second eye is violent eye. Cow feels bad with this new role.

Cow is an important political animal. She is a national animal domesticated by Bharatiya Janata Party.  She provides a lot of benefits. She is a humble animal and completely unselfish. She provides political  milk to BJP in the form of votes. From this political milk called votes, BJP is able to convert it into  pure cow ghee called seats in assembly and parliament. From this pure ghee is prepared the tasty sweets in the shape of powerful political positions. Cow helps BJP politically so much. But she does not demand  anything back in return from its masters.

Cow also offers its services to its main master the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). While she offers  her services, she does never question its masters RSS and BJP. Cow has been given the role by its masters to help  maintain the caste divide in Hinduism. Cow has been maintaining this caste divide from times immemorial.  Her masters maintain laws of Manusmriti and brahmanical order through use of Cow. Those who eat beef are put under impure  category and others under pure category. Thus cow is used to create highs and lows based on beef eating practices.

Cow is used to promote Brahmanism. However, Brahmins were once eaters of Beef. Maharshi Yagyavalkya in Shatpath Brahmin pointed “I eat beef because it is very soft and delicious”. In Rigveda it is stated “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo”. In one of his writings, Swami Vivekanand says “You will be surprised to know that according to ancient Hindu rites and rituals, a man cannot be a good Hindu who does not eat beef”.

Cow also helps its masters to create divide between Hindus and Muslims. Her masters say that she is a  sacred animal for Hindus. Anyone who is suspected of eating beef is lynched. The lynchers are offered complete protection by RSS/BJP.  Beef consumption was a practice much before the emergence of Muslim rulers in India. It was part of Indian dietary practices. Cow has become a prisoner as she gets used for bringing religious divide.

The real Cow is a non-violent animal. She is called mother by her masters. But her masters are totally violent. They use  violence using her name. Cow soldiers named as Gau Rakshaks as body guards use her name to undertake physical attacks on  Dalits and minorities. They do this in the name of protecting cow and serving its masters RSS/BJP.

Cow has now become an inspiration for the Dalits. They are saying “No” to handling dead carcass of cow.
Cow was used by her masters to suppress others till now. But now the Cow has started shaking her  own masters the RSS / BJP. Cow has now become a symbol for Dalits to shake the purists. Cow is now a liberative animal for the Dalits. Now the cow has become a sacred animal for the Dalits.

About the Author: T. Navin works with an NGO as a Researcher. He did his M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

  • K SHESHU BABU

    Cow will also become the cause for downfall of Hindu brahminical order. It will also question them as to why the number of old cows are not looked after by the so called ‘ gau rakshak’ who harp on banning cow slaughter. Cow will further question their hypocracy as they use every product from milk to urine and throw it after getting old. It insists the capitalist ‘ use and throw’ policy employed by upper caste harms not only the dalits but it’s existence. While the so called vegetarians use the living animal, the lower caste use dead animals for their living and cow demands explanation as to why the upper castes not suffer like dalits who, despite stink and uglyness, help the big Batas for manufacturing shoes, purses, army leather coats and other tannery materials which are useful in economic development….