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Cow has always been a tricky issue for the political class- be it Beef ban or export of Beef

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(Representative image) Cows on Maheshwar Ghats, Wikimedia
– by Bhavya Srivastava
August 20, 2016: Cow vigilantes have made the situation precarious and have hurt the sentiments of Punjab. PM Narendra Modi’s assertion and the warning to the disservice of Gau Rakshaks have now got a new angle.
“Cow Worship and compassion of Gau Seva,” as our PM said, is now a debatable issue especially in the case of Hingonia and many other cow shelters where cow conservators are reaping the benefits of milk revolution. Sheltering cows are not new to the people of this country; even deities and castes are linked with this sacred animal and are believed to share an inseparable bond. In Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna is known to be ‘Yaduvanshi’ and till date the Yadavs, a Hindu sect is known for protection of cows and its conservation. Religious significance attached to it has helped us to protect the animal- “gau hamari mata hai.”

God Krishna with Flute and cows around him. Image source: www.hindugodwallpaper.com
God Krishna with Flute and cows around him. Image source: www.hindugodwallpaper.com

Vinoba Bhave (1895-1982) was an Indian advocate of non-violence and human rights. He fought his whole life for a nation-wide ban on cow slaughter and quite aptly said that the ‘misapprehensions of the secular character of state and protection of the cow are misunderstood’. But Mahatma Gandhi had clearer thoughts regarding cow slaughter. “Cow slaughter can never be stopped by law. Knowledge, education, and the spirit of kindliness towards her alone can put an end to it. It will not be possible to save those animals that are a burden on the land or, perhaps, even man if he is a burden” said Gandhi in 1946.

Cow has always been a tricky issue for our political class- be it Beef ban or export of Beef. It’s a common fact, that we are exporting a large quantity of beef  to numerous countries and we are happily garnering a pink revolution. The real problem is the politicisation of the animal who is considered Kamadhenu- a cow who is worshipped by Gods and instead the animal fulfils wishes of the Gods. Strange but true, that no one feels pity when they see cows roaming on roads and when urban infrastructure too, lacks space to serve the animal in a better manner.

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There is a big gap between political sensitivity and people’s nature towards animals, which has proved to be very useful in numerous ways. It is beyond doubt, that there are thousands of cowsheds which are engaged in cow breeding, conservation, dispensaries, and care. They holistically work to save the Indian breeds and take care of the old age cows. Gau Seva versus Gau Raksha are the two corners of this real story.
Media reports said, in Punjab, a particular body is behaving like an army of cow protectors and willfully harassing people who go against their views or ideas. Gau Raksha Dal is a menace which is taking place due to the sentiments and lawlessness of the state. Even cow organisations are now opposing them and the Hindu organisations are now facing heat to ideologically support them. Cow protection through law is more challenging than public awareness campaigns.
PM Modi knows the value of cows especially when its status is venerated. In 1966, when thousand of saints marched towards Delhi; they went through a brutal time and many bruises had created. In this November, 50 years of this fateful day will be remembered in full glow. There are many organisations who work for cow protection and has now teamed up to do a big show in Delhi where PM Modi will be invited. The initiative to ‘save the cow’ campaign revolves mostly around beef and illegal trade. A few months back a saint from Punjab, Swami Krishnanandji got disappeared. He was known for his best practices and services to save the cow.

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Rajasthan has the largest livestock population and the state has a cow welfare minister as well. But when it was heard that due to the strike of staffs, around 500 cows died in a government-funded shelter, it was quite saddening for the nation. The cow has proved its role by the milk cooperatives movements and from the desi ghee revolution of Swami Ramdev.

– by Bhavya Srivastava, a freelance contributor. He is a member of International Association of Religion Journalists and can be contacted at Twitter: @MeBhavya

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Dalai Lama says that India and China have great potential

The spiritual leader feels that both the countries are doing compassionate works

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai says that India and China can work together. VOA

New Delhi, Nov 19

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China have “great potential” and they could work together at a “practical level”.

“I think, a great potential… India and China combined are doing more compassionate work… At a practical level also. Imagine two billion people working together,” he told reporters here after inaugurating Smile Foundation’s initiative, The World of Children.

The spiritual leader, who has lived in India in self-imposed exile since 1959, said neither country had the “ability to destroy the other”.

“Whether you like it or not, you have to live side by side,” he said.

Underlining the ancient spiritual connection between the two countries, he said Chinese Buddhist Hsuan Tsang visited Nalanda (now in Bihar) and brought Nalanda Buddhist traditions to China.

“All thinkers of Nalanda are Indian. So Nalanda’s tradition is India’s tradition,” he said.

The Nalanda traditions had turned Tibetans, who were warriors, into more compassionate, peaceful and non-violent nation, he said.

“So sometimes in Delhi, teasing my Indian friend, (I say) if Tibet still remained in the previous way of life, like Mongols, Chinese invasion may not have taken place,” the Dalai Lama said in a lighter vein.

He said nobody in the world wanted violence but it was happening “because our minds are dominated by destructive emotions due to short-sightedness”.

“Nobody wants problems. Yet, many problems are our own creation.”

The Dalai Lama said the existing modern education was oriented to material values. India can take lead in improving the education system by combining modern education with ancient knowledge, he said. (IANS)

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Manushi Chhillar from India Wins the Miss World 2017 Title

India's Manushi Chillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant here, 16 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000.

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Manushi Chhillar has been crowned as Miss World 2017. Instagram #ManushiChhillar

China, November 19: India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant, 16 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000.

Chhillar competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena here.

Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle gave away the coveted crown to the winner.

Chhillar, who is from Haryana, had earlier this year won the Femina Miss India 2017.

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Anti Ageing was the official skin care expert for Manushi Chhillar at the Miss World 2017 pageant. Instagram #ManushiChhillar

India, England, France, Kenya and Mexico grabbed the top five spots at the peagant.

Manushi, born to doctor parents, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.

Her entire family including brother and sister were present and they looked excited watching Manushi grabbing top five spot.

As many as 108 beauty queens from different parts of the world participated in the prestigious pageant. (IANS)

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The major Challenge is to make the Youth of the Country Entrepreneurial and not Job Seekers : Venkaiah Naidu

"The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers," Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government's various initiatives.

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Venkaiah Naidu. Wikimedia Commons
  • At a time of tepid job growth and continuing income disparities, the major challenge is to make the youth of the country entrepreneurial and not job seekers, Vice President  Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.

“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.

“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.

Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.

“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.

“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.

BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.

Out of these six regions, four — Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — run the urban programme while two regions — Haryana and Maharashtra — run the rural programme.(IANS)