Apropos of the news report “Protests intensify in Kashmir, security forces kill 5, injure 10” (FE, August 17), this does not augur well for the country. It may be recalled that all these violent protests in J&K began since July 8, when security forces killed Burhan Vani, a field commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. The Indian Security forces should have possibly avoided identifying him by name, more so, given he enjoyed a widespread support in the region. The locals’ emotions have undone all good work done in the state. The slain militant’s sponsoring country, Pakistan, also lost no time in exploiting the emotive live-wire to its full advantage. It is unfortunate that the volatility in Kashmir is simply refusing to die down. The government must now rework its operational strategy in active consultation with the state to contain it before it is too late. It is quite saddening that around 64 people have so far been killed and several thousands have received injuries in the 40 days of protests, ostensibly carried out at the behest of pro-Pakistan separatists’ group (Geelani & co.) who have shamelessly been enjoying the citizens’ rights in Kashmir. In fact, the government must now concentrate its action on the separatists’ nefarious designs by handing out them the treatment they truly deserve as they have ultimately proved to be an incorrigible lot. Enough is enough now. Such a highly volatile situation can’t be allowed to persist any longer. Mind you, a dog’s tail can’t be straightened even if it is kept in a pipe for 12 long years. So, let us take the bull by its horn and teach the rouge state of Pakistan a lesson in the language it understands.
SK Gupta, Delhi
Breaking his silence on cow vigilantes in the country, prime minister Narendra Modi condemned their actions recently, saying most of them were anti-social elements masquerading as cow protectors. However, cattle-based farming has been the backbone of our agriculture for centuries. That is why cow slaughter was banned even by some Muslim rulers, including Akbar. Saying, “I worship it and I shall defend its worship against the whole world,” Gandhi made it clear that bovine being was a sacred beast and called the cow “the mother to millions of Indians”. Cow protection has become a highly politicised core of the Hindu religion. Killing and maiming innocent animals for human consumption is the most irreligious, immoral and lowest human act. Indians have reasoned that killing a cow is like killing your own mother. Upon birth, our mothers feed us for a period of time. Then, for the rest of our life, we are fed by cows, at the cost of feeding their calves. The cow is very attached to the sentiment and the cultural traditions of the people. It is to be remembered that cow is the back-bone of the Indian economy. India prospered when the cow was protected and honoured. It is our duty to inform the poorly-informed of the bad consequences of animal slaughter for human consumption. It is nice that the government runs several goshalas (shelters for old cattle) across the country, but these are too few and are not governed well. The government must put a check on the people who are running shops in the name of cow protection and are extorting ‘donations’ in the name of cow protection. The government should crack the whip swiftly and decisively on these people and only then can we move past Una-like incidents. Here’s hoping that the PM’s words are managed by intent and action.
Vinod C Dikshit
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