Mangaluru: The Vishwa Hindu Parishat (VHP ) and the Bajrang Dal (BD) jointly organised a protest meet against the state government, the police department and the illegal slaughter of cows, at Nehru Maidan here, on July 13.
The programme began with an invocation. District President of VHP, Jagadish Shenava welcomed the gathering.
In his keynote address, Kateel Dinesh Pai said, “At first, we did not get the permission to hold the protest meet. The district administration and the state government are acting like Aurangzeb. At first, the district administration did not allow us to hold the protest meet but later, they agreed with some conditions. We have given information about cow trafficking, but the police are unable to arrest the cow traffickers. I think the police do not know how to arrest cow traffickers, or they may be afraid to arrest them. If the police are afraid to go to Kudroli to arrest the cow slaughters or afraid of the politicians, our Bajrang Dal activists will train and help the police to arrest these people. If cow trafficking and illegal cow slaughtering will not be stopped, not only Dakshina Kannada district, but the entire state will burn.” He also cursed the cow butchers and traffickers and said that their families will not prosper. “Those who take care of cows will prosper and be able to lead a peaceful life in this country.”
Dr Ananthkrishna Bhat speaking on the occasion said that everyone has the right to protest but the district administration did not give permission for the protest against cow traffickers and illegal cow slaughters. “We are fighting against the government’s double standard. We need to strengthen the Police Department to carry out such operations without any fear.” He urged the gathering to pledge for the protection of cows. “In our country, cows are drastically decreasing. We all consume cow’s milk and it is our duty to protect the cows.”
Prof M B Puranik said that in 1947, according to a survey, the population of cows was such that there was one cow for three persons but today, it is one for 56 persons. “In Dakhsina Kannada district, most of the people depend on agriculture and they rear cows. In olden days, people were depending on cows or bullocks for ploughing. Now, the population of cows has decreased. It is necessary to install check posts everywhere to curb the trafficking of cows. At present, cow traffickers transport cows to the slaughter houses without any fear,” he said.
Puranik also said that cow trafficking, attacking cows with deadly weapons and illegal cow slaughtering is rampant in coastal Karnataka. “Because of the state government’s negligence on such issues, it has encouraged those slaughtering cows illegally to commit more crimes. We have informed the police but they are not taking any action against the traffickers or illegal cow slaughter houses. The police are afraid to arrest them, but our activists are ready to assist the police if they are willing to arrest the culprits,” he assured.
Vice president of Central Goraksha Committee and chief guest Hukum Singh Chawla said, “If the youth of this district can take the Baghvad flag in their hands and march in a procession in the hot sun, the same hands can take sticks in their hands to protect cows.” He further said that according to western countries, the world is a market and everyone is a buyer, whoever has money is the winner and the rest are useless”.
He further said that after the Great Revolt of 1857, when Bahadur Shah Zafar was reigning over the Mughal empire, Zafar had said that firstly, “Ram birth place would be handed over to Hindus after independence for Hindu-Muslim unity. Secondly, he said that everyone has the right to practice his/her religion and there will be no conversion, and Thirdly, those who slaughter cows will be given death sentence. If the Karnataka state government does not stop the slaughtering of the cows, the country will be divided.
He also said, “India exports meat to 64 nations. Cow’s milk is good for health. It has 6 types of vitamins, proteins and it has CAA which helps to fight against cancer. In our country cancer is growing. People will buy a bottle of Bisleri water to drink paying Rs 20, but people are hesitant to drink milk paying Rs 30. This is the main cause that the present children are very weak. Even our Indian cricketers are drinking milk. If they drink cows milk, then the Indian cricket team will be the best in the world. Our team lost against Bangladesh; Don’t know what milk our cricketers have been drinking to lose against Bangladesh.” He further said, “If the cow is saved, then our country will be saved; If the cow will be slaughtered, the country will be divided. We will not allow cow to be killed or the country to be divided.”
Jitendra Kottari compered the programme. Sharan Pumpwell, Gopal Kuthar, Murali, Deekaiah, Premalatha Anchan and others were also present.