This is in response to your report “Maharashtra farmers hit hard by cattle sale ban” (March 30). It reminded me the words venerated by Mahatma Gandhi saying that “I worship it and I shall defend its worship against the whole world,” Gandhi regarded Cow better than the earthly mother, and called her “the mother to millions of Indian mankind.” Cow protection has become a highly politicized core of the Hindu religion. Killing and maiming innocent animals for human consumption is the most irreligious, immoral and lowest human act. Indians have reasoned that killing a cow is like murdering your own mother. On our birth our mother breast fed us for a period of time. Then for the rest of our life we are fed by cows, without even feeding their calves. The cow is very much attached to the sentiment and the cultural traditions of the people. It is to be remembered that cow is the back-bone of Indian economy. India was golden bird until cow was base of agriculture. It is our duty to inform people about the bad consequences of animal slaughter for human consumption. We call the cow our mother. It’s not our duty to protect our mother?
Vinod C. Dixit
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