Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned on Thursday a spate of violence across India linked to the cow, saying killing in the name of cow worship was not acceptable.
At the centenary celebration event at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Ashram, Modi said no person had the right to take law in their hands and invoked Mahatma Gandhi to condemn violence.
“Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve,” Modi said. “As a society, there is no place for violence…we are a land of non violence.”
This is the second time in two years that the prime minister has spoken out against self-styled gau rakshaks, who have gained in strength in recent years and have attacked several people on charges of cow smuggling or slaughter, mostly Dalits and Muslims. At an event in New Delhi last year, Modi had said self-styled cow vigilantes made him angry and called some of them anti-social.
Reports of violence unleashed by cow protectors have poured in from across India – from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur and Gujarat’s Una to Odisha’s Bhubaneswar. In April, a Muslim dairy farmer was lynched by gau rakshaks in Rajasthan’s Alwar.
97% of the attacks have been reported after Modi came to power in 2014 and 86% of the victims are Muslims, an analysis by Indiaspend showed.
“Violence never has and never will solve any problem. Let’s all work together. Let’s create the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams,” Modi said.
The comments came a day after thousands of people came out on the streets across 10-odd cities to register their protest against the lynchings.
There is no use finding fault with the EVMs now when the party leadership committed a historic blunder with regard to the overall strategy in the elections. First, it should look within to find out reasons that stopped AAP’s march to power,” Chandigarh-based The Tribune quoted Mann as saying.
21 Jan 2019
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