Cow cess is bad in politics, economics


ET Editorials/The Economic Times (India)

January 4, 2019


On Tuesday, the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government of Uttar Pradesh trotted out a new levy for ‘gau raksha’, or cow protection.


This will take the form of a 0.5% cess, charged on all things excisable and tolls collected on state highways, bridges and infrastructure-making, as also government-owned companies.


It will add to taxes paid on liquor sold in the state. Mandis, large wholesale markets licenced by the state that purchase most farm produce, will now pay 2% of income instead of the existing 1%, to protect cows. In a state where young girls and women housed in state-run shelters suffer unspeakable misery, how dumb animals will fare is not hard to guess.


Cow politics began with victimising, attacking and, sometimes, lynching people alleged to be engaged in cattle slaughter. This drove industries engaged in beef export and leather to penury and mass layoffs in hubs like Kanpur.


Cattle-owners, now saddled with unproductive animals that they could not dispose of, set them free. Feral bovines are now eating standing crop. Desperate farmers have locked up cattle in schoolrooms and crop storage. A rash of new cow sheds will not distract cow vigilantes from their murderous pursuits. Determined enforcement of criminal law would have done the needful, but Lucknow has signalled its intent by pursuing ardent gau raksha...





How ‘cow’ becomes cattle, ‘cow vigilantes’ become ‘mob’ and ‘Muslim man’ becomes ‘man’ when perpetrator is Muslim

The reporting was starkly different from when media reports incidents when Muslims are lynched by Hindus for exactly the same reasons.



January 5, 2019


A lot has been said and written about cow vigilantes and the havoc they have wreaked since 2014. The running narrative is that Hindus, who worship the cow are on a rampage to lynch and kill all Muslims who consume beef. However, there are certain instances of cow vigilantism that escape the outrage by the “liberals” mostly because the perpetrators are Muslims.


On 30th December, a Muslim man, Kabul Miyan was lynched to death by a mob on the suspicion of cow theft in Araria, Bihar. The ghastly incident took place after two cows and a calf was stolen from another Muslim man, Muslim Miyan, and the villagers were keeping a vigil to locate the cattle. When they said Kabul moving around suspiciously, they caught hold of him and thrashed him. Thereafter, Muslim Miyan’s cattle was reportedly found near the spot of the incident.


According to reports, the mob was led by a Muslim man called Mohammed Muslim. In a video of the gruesome attack that went viral, Mohammed can be seen laughing and encouraging the mob. During the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that Kabul had 13 cases registered against him in Sikati police station. Police officers are now trying to identify the people involved in the incident and take stern steps against them.


This incident, however, failed to inspire the kind of ire that several other lynchings inspired...





In 93% cases, 'cow meat' seized in various states is not actually of cows

The findings are important as there has been a sharp increase in crimes against Muslims and Dalits in the name of cow slaughter and beef eating News Network

January 4, 2019


Mumbai: Only 7% of the "cow meat" samples seized from 2014 to 2017 by authorities in various states and sent for DNA test were found to be of cows, the rest 93% were actually of bulls or baffaloes, a yet to be published report by the National Research Centre on Meat said.


Out of the 112 samples of meat analysed by the National Research Centre just eight samples (7%) were found to contain beef, while the remaining were of bull and buffalo. The samples were of the meat that was seized by police and animal husbandry officials in various states, according to a report published in The Times of India.


The National Research Centre on Meat is an institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and is located at Hyderabad.


The samples were collected by the police and animal husbandry departments from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.


The findings are important as there has been a sharp increase in crimes against Muslims and Dalits in the name of cow slaughter and beef eating ever since the BJP came to power in Delhi and other states.


According to data analysis website IndiaSpend, a total of 88 incidents of cow-related violence were reported since 2012, of which 86 were reported during BJP rule. A total of 33 persons were killed in such incidents. The opposition and various NGOs have alleged that fabricated charges of "cow slaughter" is being used to target Muslims and Dalits.


The National Research Centre on Meat suspected that as many as 69 of the samples would be cow meat. But this was disproved. “Interestingly, three samples suspected to be cow meat were found to be camel meat, and the sample suspected to be a dog was a sheep,” the researchers said.


The institute has received 80 more samples of meat in 2018, and their analysis followed a “similar trend”, The Times of India reported.


Cow slaughter is banned in India since 1976. However...