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On Janmashtami, Narendra Modi demands ban on beef export

Gandhingar, Aug 10: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, eyeing a consecutive victory in the forthcoming assembly polls, today demanded ban on beef export by the Centre on the occasion of Janmashtami. Writing in his blog,
India TV News Desk September 21, 2012 12:21 IST
India TV News Desk
Gandhingar, Aug 10: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, eyeing a consecutive victory in the forthcoming assembly polls, today demanded ban on beef export by the Centre on the occasion of Janmashtami.



Writing in his blog, Modi said:"It saddens me that present UPA Government led by Congress is promoting slaughtering of cows and exporting beef to bring ‘Pink Revolution'. "

"Our ancient Indian ethos and values doesn't teach us to kill mother cow, who nurture us from the day we start taking shape in the womb of our mother till we leave this mother earth. Sadly, the UPA seems unbothered about this rich ethos of our culture. It wants to make India the biggest exporter of beef!", writes Modi in his blog.

He further writes; "We not only revere Lord Krishna but also everything associated with him. Among other reasons, his association with cows made us to worship them as our mother.

"In Gujarat, we have left no stone unturned to protect ‘Gau Mata'. We are the only state in India to enact a law for protecting the cow's progeny and ban cow slaughter. But, our work does not stop at preventing killing of mother cow but to also ensure their wellbeing. This inspired us to organize cataract operations for cows."

And finally his appeal: " On this day, I appeal to you to take a pause and reflect whether we should kill our mother cow who give us milk and various milk products which are essential for our children who are suffering with protein deficiency.

"Our future generation is not getting sufficient milk and this Government wants to kill cows that provide us ‘ladder for life'. I'm sure that you will contribute your might in stopping such insane act."

During the Sixties, the then Bharatiya Jana Sangh had spearheaded a nationwide agitation by saints demanding ban on cow claughter. Cow slaughter has been banned in most of the states barring a few, but the export of beef has not been prohibited.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewary today lashed out at Modi saying, the Gujarat chief minsiter was suffering from a sense of deep insecurity because his popularity in Gujarat was declining rapidly.

Tewary said: "He (Modi) always tries to hit us so that if we react, it helps him to elevate his own stature. The Gujarat Congress will fight Modi on its own terms."

Following is the blog written by Narendra Modi on Janmashtami:

"Dear Friends,

Jai Shri Krishna!

On the occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to you and your family, especially children. Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is the day to recall feelings Bhakti (devotion) and Bhav (intent). In various parts of the country rather the entire world, Janmashtami is celebrated in a major way through different ways. The most common image of Janmashtami is that of ‘Dahi Handi' wherein a sea of Krishna Bhakts assemble to see youngsters attempting to break the earthen pot filled with milk cream. Lord Krishna, the ‘Makhan Chor' is always remembered as Sakha (friend) and protector of cows

Lord Krishna stands for decimating the evil. In his infant days he escaped the evil designs of Kansa. The image of a youngster from Vrindavan with cows to a divine figure in the Mahabharata always serves as a blessing for us. He always personified divinity and enlightenment. In the middle of ‘Mahabharata', he gave us the message of life in the form of the ‘Bhagwat Gita'. He showed us the way of life by teaching ‘Nishkam Karmyog' or selfless service. It is a matter of great pride that the blessed land of Gujarat has been the Karmabhumi of Lord Krishna. Dwarka was the capital and he remains the ‘Dwarkadhish' or the Lord of Dwarka. Dakor and Shamlaji too have deep-rooted bond with Lord Krishna.

There is a huge presence of Lord Krishna in every aspect of our life. We not only revere Lord Krishna but also everything associated with him. Among other reasons, his association with cows made us to worship them as our mother. In Gujarat, we have left no stone unturned to protect ‘Gau Mata'. We are the only state in India to enact a law for protecting the cow's progeny and ban cow slaughter. But, our work does not stop at preventing killing of mother cow but to also ensure their wellbeing. This inspired us to organize cataract operations for cows.

It saddens me that present UPA Government led by Congress is promoting slaughtering of cows and exporting beef to bring ‘Pink Revolution'. Our ancient Indian ethos and values doesn't teach us to kill mother cow, who nurture us from the day we start taking shape in the womb of our mother till we leave this mother earth. Sadly, the UPA seems unbothered about this rich ethos of our culture. It wants to make India the biggest exporter of beef! Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave worked tirelessly for the protection of mother cow but this Government abandoned their teachings. Should we feel proud of this endeavor of the UPA Government led by Congress, which is founded on the killing of our mother cow?

Friends, on this day, I appeal to you to take a pause and reflect whether we should kill our mother cow who give us milk and various milk products which are essential for our children who are suffering with protein deficiency. Our future generation is not getting sufficient milk and this Government wants to kill cows that provide us ‘ladder for life'. I'm sure that you will contribute your might in stopping such insane act.

Once again, I convey my greetings on this auspicious day and also take this opportunity to extend a warm invite to visit places in Gujarat such as Dwarka, Dakor and Shamlaji, connected with Lord Krishna.

Yours,

Narendra Modi"