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Prime Minister Modi's Cow Talk: Hypocrisy or a Change of Heart?

Rukmini Sen 07 Aug 2016

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had a change of heart.

In his speech on August 6, 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally expressed his views on cow miscreants. This after the Dalit community in Gujarat refused to pick up cow carcasses. Seven Dalit men were beaten by right wing miscreants ('gau rakshaks') in Una. The Dalit community protested against the violence by disposing off dead animals in front of government offices. They have refused to pick up dead animals. Something considered to be their job by the Indian (read Hindu) caste system.



This large scale Dalit protest lead to Anandiben Patel’s resignation. Chief minister of Gujarat is a close aide of Prime Minister and yet she resigned. In short BJP is alarmed and stunned by Dalit power. Real, visceral, in your face, on the street, political power. If cow is your mother, you perform her last rites, is the resounding new Dalit slogan on the roads of Gujarat. And on the virtual roads of social networking sites.

The young Dalit gives a damn for news channels where caste Hindu and corporate interests refuse to smell the coffee. Dalit protests are beyond all conventionalism. Nothing is conservative about Dalit protests. BJP and other political parties have been zapped out of their wits about what might come next!

Welcome change of heart!

In his speech on gau rakshaks on August 6, 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi  tells the gau sevaks (cow servants) to be aware that cows mostly die eating plastic. That the sevaks should keep plastic away from cows. In  his best environmentalist avatar Narendra Modi talks about getting rid of plastic altogether for the cause of cow. The slaughter house rant is old and over!

Narendra Modi’s views on cow, beef and 'Gau Raksha' (Cow protection) have changed substantially from the time he was chief minister of Gujarat. Not long ago in one of his many speeches on cows, Modi observed that the then Congress-led Central government had acknowledged India’s number one position as beef exporter. In the video below he seems surprised that people don’t react angrily to such things.



In another speech in the not so distant past, Modi made fun of “pink revolution”. With his characteristic wit and humour Modi said most people talk about white and green revolution but the then Central government had been speaking of pink revolution. This without the caveat that Modi's government was not responsible for white or green revolution. By 'pink' Modi had meant the colour of meat. He seemed traumatised that the Central government believed in cutting animals and exporting meat. He called the meat mutton and beef.


Dalit Ki Baat

The Prime Minister regularly talks to Indian citizens through his show, 'Mann ki Baat' (broadly translated: Soul Chat). For months, however, the prime minister's mann was mum on cow vigilante groups. His citizens were getting killed, tortured, hung, humiliated in the name of the cow!

A man named Aqhlaq was killed in Dadri. A cow vigilante group spread beef rumour. They entered his house under the pretext of beef in his fridge. Aqhlaq was killed. His son suffered a head injury. His other family members were beaten and humiliated. Ironically, the meat in the fridge was sent by officials to the forensic department. To examine the nature of the meat. There were discussions on television channels on the issue as to whether the meat was beef or mutton. Modi and his government kept quiet about the absurdity of the situation.

On July 17, a gang of 30-40 Bajrang Dal members barged into the house of a Dalit family in Karnataka, beat them up with sticks and threatened them with machetes. The incident, however, came to light only on July 23. The attackers warned Dalits that if they didn't stop eating beef, they would be killed. Prime Minister Modi's government kept quiet.

Two Muslim women were beaten up by members of cow vigilante groups at Mandsaur railway station in Madhya Pradesh over suspicion that they were carrying beef. Not a word from  the prime minister who talks about women's empowerment. No reaction from his government to women being beaten up in a crowded railway station in broad day light by a bunch of goons.

However, when the highways (freeways) of Gujarat are full of dead animals – the Prime Minister must speak. These are not slogans on television. These are not distant, under privileged, men and women getting beaten up somewhere far away. These are streets of the prime minister's home state. Streets that must embody his idea of Swatch Bharat. What we see instead now are endless rotten, smelling, dead animals.

Uttar Pradesh Elections in 2017

Prime Minister, like the leaders of the Opposition, knows that assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh (largest province of India) is round the corner. Mayawati, former chief minister from this state, is a popular Dalit leader. She is liked by non-Dalits too. The change in Dalit mood has changed the moderate population's idea of the right-wing already.

In his town hall speech, Modi told state governments to create a dossier of cow miscreants. He added that those who were anti-social elements at night pretend to be cow protectors in the day.

Modi's show of anger towards the gau rakshaks is definitely a resounding support for Dalit workers who clean carcass in Gujarat. Prime Minister Modi extended support to Gau Sevaks or Hindus who are cow worshippers from the same stage. I am wondering how to interpret Prime Minister's sentence that Rajas (Hindu kings) protected cows and Badshahs (Mughal/Muslim kings) used cows to win battles. And the timing of it!


 

Prime Minister Modi's Cow Talk: Hypocrisy or a Change of Heart?


 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had a change of heart.

In his speech on August 6, 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally expressed his views on cow miscreants. This after the Dalit community in Gujarat refused to pick up cow carcasses. Seven Dalit men were beaten by right wing miscreants ('gau rakshaks') in Una. The Dalit community protested against the violence by disposing off dead animals in front of government offices. They have refused to pick up dead animals. Something considered to be their job by the Indian (read Hindu) caste system.



This large scale Dalit protest lead to Anandiben Patel’s resignation. Chief minister of Gujarat is a close aide of Prime Minister and yet she resigned. In short BJP is alarmed and stunned by Dalit power. Real, visceral, in your face, on the street, political power. If cow is your mother, you perform her last rites, is the resounding new Dalit slogan on the roads of Gujarat. And on the virtual roads of social networking sites.

The young Dalit gives a damn for news channels where caste Hindu and corporate interests refuse to smell the coffee. Dalit protests are beyond all conventionalism. Nothing is conservative about Dalit protests. BJP and other political parties have been zapped out of their wits about what might come next!

Welcome change of heart!

In his speech on gau rakshaks on August 6, 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi  tells the gau sevaks (cow servants) to be aware that cows mostly die eating plastic. That the sevaks should keep plastic away from cows. In  his best environmentalist avatar Narendra Modi talks about getting rid of plastic altogether for the cause of cow. The slaughter house rant is old and over!

Narendra Modi’s views on cow, beef and 'Gau Raksha' (Cow protection) have changed substantially from the time he was chief minister of Gujarat. Not long ago in one of his many speeches on cows, Modi observed that the then Congress-led Central government had acknowledged India’s number one position as beef exporter. In the video below he seems surprised that people don’t react angrily to such things.



In another speech in the not so distant past, Modi made fun of “pink revolution”. With his characteristic wit and humour Modi said most people talk about white and green revolution but the then Central government had been speaking of pink revolution. This without the caveat that Modi's government was not responsible for white or green revolution. By 'pink' Modi had meant the colour of meat. He seemed traumatised that the Central government believed in cutting animals and exporting meat. He called the meat mutton and beef.


Dalit Ki Baat

The Prime Minister regularly talks to Indian citizens through his show, 'Mann ki Baat' (broadly translated: Soul Chat). For months, however, the prime minister's mann was mum on cow vigilante groups. His citizens were getting killed, tortured, hung, humiliated in the name of the cow!

A man named Aqhlaq was killed in Dadri. A cow vigilante group spread beef rumour. They entered his house under the pretext of beef in his fridge. Aqhlaq was killed. His son suffered a head injury. His other family members were beaten and humiliated. Ironically, the meat in the fridge was sent by officials to the forensic department. To examine the nature of the meat. There were discussions on television channels on the issue as to whether the meat was beef or mutton. Modi and his government kept quiet about the absurdity of the situation.

On July 17, a gang of 30-40 Bajrang Dal members barged into the house of a Dalit family in Karnataka, beat them up with sticks and threatened them with machetes. The incident, however, came to light only on July 23. The attackers warned Dalits that if they didn't stop eating beef, they would be killed. Prime Minister Modi's government kept quiet.

Two Muslim women were beaten up by members of cow vigilante groups at Mandsaur railway station in Madhya Pradesh over suspicion that they were carrying beef. Not a word from  the prime minister who talks about women's empowerment. No reaction from his government to women being beaten up in a crowded railway station in broad day light by a bunch of goons.

However, when the highways (freeways) of Gujarat are full of dead animals – the Prime Minister must speak. These are not slogans on television. These are not distant, under privileged, men and women getting beaten up somewhere far away. These are streets of the prime minister's home state. Streets that must embody his idea of Swatch Bharat. What we see instead now are endless rotten, smelling, dead animals.

Uttar Pradesh Elections in 2017

Prime Minister, like the leaders of the Opposition, knows that assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh (largest province of India) is round the corner. Mayawati, former chief minister from this state, is a popular Dalit leader. She is liked by non-Dalits too. The change in Dalit mood has changed the moderate population's idea of the right-wing already.

In his town hall speech, Modi told state governments to create a dossier of cow miscreants. He added that those who were anti-social elements at night pretend to be cow protectors in the day.

Modi's show of anger towards the gau rakshaks is definitely a resounding support for Dalit workers who clean carcass in Gujarat. Prime Minister Modi extended support to Gau Sevaks or Hindus who are cow worshippers from the same stage. I am wondering how to interpret Prime Minister's sentence that Rajas (Hindu kings) protected cows and Badshahs (Mughal/Muslim kings) used cows to win battles. And the timing of it!


 

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