Rajnath Singh lends support to Gau Rakshak groups
Openly supporting those who are opposing cow slaughter, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that the issue “is not linked to only faith and culture, but it has economic, historical and scientific aspects”. He emphasised that “beef was prohibited” during Mughal rulers’ reign.
He was addressing a public who gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of an anti-cow slaughter agitation that saw the deaths of several people in Delhi in November 1966.
“They sacrificed their lives for a bigger goal,” Singh added while paying tributes to the martyrs.
Several senior Sangh leaders, including RSS’s Sarkaryavah Bhayyaji Joshi and Sahsarkayavah Krishna Gopal, BJP’s organising secretary Ram Lal, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi and VHP general secretary Surendra Jain were present.
Joshi stated that Indians can never forget the sacrifice of those killed in the 1966 agitation. He added that those who forget will be considered “thankless”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently remarked that people in some of the Gau-Raksha senas were “anti-nationals”. It received widespread flak from RSS.
According to Indian Express, Home Minister on Sunday underlined the directive principles of the state policy where Article 48 of the Constitution which says governments can take steps to control cow slaughter.
Reminding India is a federation he said, “it is imperative to take all states into confidence”.
“I want to say on behalf of my government that we also believe that cows should be protected. As the Home Minister, I have tried to check smuggling of cows from India to Bangladesh. The Bangladesh High Commissioner told me that we have checked the smuggling to an extent that the cost of beef has gone up by 40 per cent in Bangladesh,” Rajnath Singh said.