Under intense pressure from the opposition parties for his silence on the cow vigilantes Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on the tricky issue. Speaking for the first time PM Modi candidly said he felt “anguished” over incidents of vigilantism and has asked state governments to prepare a dossier of such “self-styled gau rakshaks”.
Speaking at a Town Hall-style meeting , Modi said: “Some people who indulge in anti-social activities in the night, wear the mask of gau rakshaks (cow protectors) during the day. I have asked the state governments to prepare a dossier of all such people.”
Making a distinction between self-styled “gau rakshaks” and those who are genuinely concerned about the welfare of the bovines, Modi said he felt anguished at the actions of such vigilante groups.
“Mujhe gussa aata hai (I feel anguished),” he said, and lamented that more cows die by swallowing plastics than by slaughtering.
Without naming any organisation he said the term “swayamsevak” means selfless service and those associated with it should not mistake their role to create fear psychosis among others.
“Even to campaign for limiting the use of plastics and stopping its littering around will be a big service to the welfare of the cow,” he said.
His comments on cow vigilantes come after the furore over the flogging of Dalits in Gujarat’s Una town for skinning a dead cow last month.He further gave Indians an ambitious target of achieving more than 8 percent growth rate for 30 years, saying this will change the entire developmental scenario of the country.