|Animal Slaughter (Picture © Gopal Agarwal)|
BJP Government views: Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa, defending the Bill said "It was aimed at protecting cows and preserve cattle in Karnataka. A number of States in the Country including Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir, already had similar legislation". One of the BJP Leader said "There will be severe shortage of milk in Karnataka if the current rate of cow slaughter continued".
Opposition Party views: Opposition Leader Mr. Siddaramaiah termed the Bill as "draconian", "anti-secular" and "unconstitutional". He continued "Laborers in industries such as shoes, leather, belts, nail polish, films, buttons and other beef products would lose their jobs" and added "such a bill can be enacted only in Hitler's regime". JDS said "It is an anti-democratic move and Yeddyurappa Government is worse than the regime of Stalin" and branded BJP Government "communal".
Animal Activist views: "This is a welcome move by the BJP Government" said an unidentified animal activist. "Enforcing strict laws including both penalty and imprisonment, helps to keep a check on violators. Offence being made non-bailable will definitely make a difference and reduces the suffering of dumb animals", the person thinks.
Hinduism views: "It was great humiliation and embarrassment when our Sacred animal - Cow was slaughtered in inhumane ways. I wonder how people are ignorant about the medicinal benefits of Cow urine, which have been proved by research. All the byproducts of Cow; from milk to dung are considered holy. The Bill has brought a smile on thousands of faces".
Islamic views: Leaders in Congress, who are Muslims, expressed their concern - "Bill would create hatred among different Communities and would lead to a deterioration in law and order situation". "Beef, makes the bulk of our food habits. Completely banning the slaughter of Cattle and sale of Beef in Karnataka has hurt the sentiments of a Community who are also a majority in the State" they felt.
Entrepreneurs views: "There are a huge number of Customers who prefer eating beef. We can see the unhappiness in their faces when said no beef cuisines will available at the Restaurant following the cattle slaughter ban bill. This might also affect our Business adversely".
Firstly, I do not figure out the logic behind replacing present 'The Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964' with the proposed 'The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010'. It indeed is 'unacceptable' when one's eating habits are being strictly monitored under 'Law'.
Nature, intends to maintain an equilibrium amongst various species of animals through its Food Chain. In the process, Man (basically an animal) consuming Cattle (an animal too) looks like a mere part of the complex Food Chain existing in the Environment. All these Cultures, Rituals and Traditions are man-made. How fair is it to germinate the seed of 'Hatred' within ourselves on the grounds of our own creations?
Personally I feel, when a Hindu can maintain a cordial relationship with a Muslim irrespective of the fact that Cattle is sacred to himself and a source of food for the other, ample chances can be anticipated for a peaceful living. Unless we have the capability to accept, respect and let exist the diversity in Religion, Culture and Tradition - considering humans 'the highest mature form of life on earth' can easily be abandoned.
Let alone everything else aside; India being third highest in the population of Muslims (following Indonesia and Pakistan), how fair is it on our part to make such Bill a Legislation? It would not be a surprise, if the next Government chips in to say "Keeping in mind the amount of deforestation that is taking place, there is a need to seriously conserve our available natural plant resources. It can easily be achieved by making non-vegetarian a forced food habit". Well, any damn thing can be passed in the Assembly and all it takes is just a matter of few 'Crores'; ours is, anyway, a democratic Country!