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Angry Villagers set Truck on Fire in Mathura after they saw Cow’s blood spilling out of it

The blockade was lifted when police ensured the villagers that the culprits will be punished according to National Security Act

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  • A truck carrying bovines overturned, killing 11 cows and injuring around 12
  • Villagers set the truck on fire in a fit of rage as Cow is considered sacred in Hinduism
  • A total of 30 cows were found dead in the truck

It has been nine months since Dadri mob lynching Mohammad Akhlaq was killed only on doubt of consuming cow’s meat (beef). There has been several incidents which highlights rise in Intolerance in India. There were several incidents of violence in past years on name of religion.

These incidents of violence are not new when it comes to religion. Recently, a truck was set ablaze on fire by people. It all started when villagers of Chaumuhan area in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh saw blood dripping from the truck. They stopped the truck and removed the plastic cover. They were shocked that the truck was carrying dead bodies of around thirty cows.

“A total of 30 cows were found dead in the truck,” SDM Chatta, Vishwa Bhusan Mishra quoted Zee news.

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According to Zee News report, the villagers set the truck on fire in a fit of rage as Cow is considered sacred in Hinduism. After that they started protesting and demanded arrest of culprits and blocked National Highway 2. After that Deputy SP Chatta, Peeyush Kumar, Dy SP Mathura, Chakrapani Tripathi along with Mishra went to the spot immediately accompanied with heavy police force.

Violence in Mathura. Image source: PTI
Violence in Mathura. Image source: PTI

The blockade was lifted when police ensured the villagers that the culprits will be punished according to National Security Act.

On June 2 2016, a similar kind of incident took place when a truck carrying bovines overturned, killing 11 cows and injuring around 12. The truck was coming from Agra and when villagers saw that the cows are killed, they set the truck on fire.

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The villagers also set fire on two wheelers and four wheelers in that area. The truck driver and other flee from the spot. Police has a doubt that they all were smugglers and is carrying on the probe.

Cow slaughter (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Cow slaughter (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Last year UP’s district Mainpuri countered the same problem on rumors of cow slaughter in that area. Villagers set the nearby vehicles on fire and threw stones on both of them. After that ADG confirmed that there was no signs of cow slaughter.

“No injury or cut marks were found on the carcass. The two men who were ferrying the dead cow have been booked under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act nonetheless and further probes are on.” ADG Daljit Singh quoted Times of India.

-This report is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This doesn’t prove that the accident was religious. It was just an accident. This shouldn’t be taken to any other level

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Buddhist Monk Losang Samten Uses Colors to Spread Message of Peace

Samten was born in Tibet. When he was a young boy, his family escaped to Nepal fleeing Chinese Communist control of his homeland. They lived in a refugee camp for years.

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Former Buddhist monk and Tibetan scholar Losang Samten uses colored sand to build mandalas, circular images filled with complex iconography, which have great meaning in Hinduism and Buddhism. VOA

According to one estimate, there are a 5 quintillion, 5 hundred quadrillion grains of sand on earth, a number so large it must be approaching infinity. This makes sand an appropriate medium for the construction of spiritual images of the universe.

Former Buddhist monk and Tibetan scholar Losang Samten does just that, using colored sand to build mandalas, circular images filled with complex iconography, which have great meaning in Hinduism and Buddhism.

Tibetan monks have created mandalas over the centuries from a variety of materials. Before sand, they used crushed colored stone. Now Samten travels around the world to find sand in various colors. He also dyes sand in watercolors.

Now Samten travels around the world to find sand in various colors. He also dyes sand in watercolors.
Tibetan monks have created mandalas over the centuries from a variety of materials. Before sand, they used crushed colored stone. VOA

Decades of mandalas

Samten, in his mid-60s, learned the craft at the feet of the Dalai Lama.

“When I was a teenager, age of 17,” he told VOA, “I had a privilege to enter His Holiness Dalai Lama’s monastery … in India. I have been studying sand mandalas ever since then. So it’s a long time.”

VOA found Samten painstakingly layering grains of colored sand at the gallery of the Philadelphia Folklore Project. The particular mandala he was working on was the mandala of compassion, or unconditional love.

Far from random designs, mandalas have been perfected over centuries.

“These are uniquely designed many, many, many, many, many years passing to an artist to another artist to another artist to another artist,” Samten said. “The color has a meaning, the shape has different meanings. Not my design; it didn’t come out of my own idea.”

When Samten created a sand mandala at the American Museum of History in New York in 1988 at the request of the Dalai Lama, it was the first time the 2,600-years-old ancient ritual art was seen outside of monasteries. Since then, Samten has made sand mandalas in museums, galleries and universities across the U.S. and many parts of the world.

“They are used to enhance the spiritual practice through image and meditation, to overcome suffering. Mandalas represent enlightened qualities and methods which explain this path, making them very important for the spiritual journey,” Samten wrote on his web site.

Nothing is permanent

Samten was born in Tibet. When he was a young boy, his family escaped to Nepal fleeing Chinese Communist control of his homeland. They lived in a refugee camp for years.

Now Samten travels around the world to find sand in various colors. He also dyes sand in watercolors.
Samten, in his mid-60s, learned the craft at the feet of the Dalai Lama. VOA

“In the winter of 1959, [we] crossed Mount Everest, it took us two months to cross,” he told VOA. “You cannot travel during the day and so scared and not enough food not enough clothes. I was age of 5. I saw, I mean unbelievable dead bodies, people dying without food. I became a monk at age 11 when I was in school, refugee school.”

Samten left monastic life in 1995 and became the spiritual director at the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. He says the patience of the creative process, can lead observers to find calm determination within themselves.

“When I am doing this mandala at universities and schools, many kids came to me, (saying) ‘when I saw you doing the sand mandala, that help me so much to finish my education, patience …’ I have a lot of stories,” he said.

Monk Samten
Samten was born in Tibet. When he was a young boy, his family escaped to Nepal fleeing Chinese Communist control of his homeland. VOA

Beauty comes and goes

After a sand mandala is completed, it is dismantled ceremoniously.

“Dismantle has many different reasons,” Samten said. “… One thing is, dismantle is a beauty, whatever we see as a beauty on the earth, never be everlasting as a beauty and impermanent, impermanent, comes and goes. It’s like a season.”

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Or like sand, ever changing in the wind.

Samten often invites children to participate in the ceremony.

To gallery visitor Traci Chiodress that was part of the charm of the event.

“I think it’s powerful to see something so beautiful created, and then taken apart, and to be done in a community with a group of people of different ages,” she said. “I just think it’s an important type of practice.” (VOA)