The cow protection wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has called up the Centre to create a separate ministry for bovine welfare and urging them to do it quickly by setting a deadline.
The push for a separate ministry for cows has been coming from VHP’s Bharatiya Govansh Rakshan Samvardhan Parishad who are aiming to remind the Modi government of one of its poll promises.
During the elections, the BJP had promised to save India’s bovine progeny which is considered sacred by Hindus.
The VHP is affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) which is considered the biggest ideological fountainhead of BJP.
The RSS too have been pushing for the cause of cow protection and thus agrees with VHP’s views. The issues about cows and bovine welfare has gained national prominence given the controversy surrounding beef consumption.
In the recent past, fringe elements have targeted people accusing them of cow slaughter.
Scene from Manipur when villagers vandalized properties over cow slaughter rumor PTI
Looking at the matter, several BJP-ruled states have already enacted stringent legislation in their respective states to stop cow slaughter and beef consumption; but have faced sever criticism from activists and opposition political parties that say that it discriminates against religions like Muslims, Christians and lower-caste Hindus who rely on the cheap meat (beef) for protein.
According to reports, these organisation believe that creation of a separate ministry is essential to ensure a total ban on cow slaughter and beef consumption that takes place in India.