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Saturday, October 17, 2015
RSS mouthpiece defends Dadri: Vedas order killing of sinners who kill cows
Slamming writers who have returned their awards in the wake
of the incident in Dadri where a man was lynched over beef rumours, RSS
mouthpiece Panchjanya, in its latest edition, has carried a cover story saying
the Vedas order the killing of “sinners” who slaughter cows. It alleges that
madrasas and the Muslim leadership teach Indian Muslims to hate the country’s
traditions. “Akhlaq (the Dadri victim) perhaps slaughtered a cow under the
influence of such bad deeds,” it states.
Questioning the silence of writers, it asks them why they
have been quiet on this issue. “Veda ka adesh hai ki gau hatya karne wale
pataki ke pran le lo. Hum mein se bahuton ke liye to yah jivan-maran ka prashn
hai (Vedas order killing of the sinner who kills a cow. It is a matter of life
and death for many of us),” states the article ‘Is Utpat ke Us paar’ (The other
side of this disturbance)’ by Hindi writer Tufail Chaturvedi who edits the
journal Lafz. Tufail is the name Vinay Krishna Chaturvedi uses
“Cow slaughter is such a big thing for us that for hundreds
of years our ancestors have staked their lives to prevent it and counter the
killers.There are hundreds of such occasions in history when Muslim invaders
thrust beef into our mouths to convert Hindus into Muslims,” it reads. Speaking
to The Sunday Express, Chaturvedi cited several instances of Vedas prohibiting
cow slaughter. “30.18 of Yajurveda says ‘hand over capital punishment to those
who kill cows’,” he said, adding that “Gau-hatya Hinduon ke liye maan bindu hai
(Cow slaughter is an issue of honour for Hindus). Muslims who commit such acts
today are converted Hindus of Indian origin. It is important for social
harmony that we respect faiths of each other.” In the article, Chaturvedi takes
a swipe at writers who returned their awards after the lynching of Akhlaq:
“Aapko Akhlaq dwara ki gayi gau-hatya nahi dikhayi di (You overlooked the cow-slaughter
by Akhlaq). You did not consider that in the entire reporting of Akhlaq’s
death, there is no mention of Akhlaq’s enmity with anyone in the village)”.
Claiming that the killing was a “natural reaction” to the
“sin” of cow slaughter, the cover story turns to Isaac Newton to state “Newton
had propagated the theory of natural reaction to any action in 1687. Aap log
yah nahi dekh paye ki aisi soch ke samaj men rahne wala Akhlaq itne bhayanak
parinam dene wale paap ke liye utsuk kaise ho gaya (you could not consider that
how did Akhlaq, living in a society with such feelings (for the cow)
become eager to commit a sin that invites such dreadful consequences).” It goes
on to say that “if you do not respect the feelings of 80 per cent majority”, then
how can “such reactions be prevented”.
The article claims that society does not
consider those “who kill the sinner who have slaughtered a cow from the
perspective of advocates of appeasement”. The society “glorifies and remembers”
such persons “martyred to prevent cow-slaughter”, it states.
Describing Indian Muslims as Hindus who have been
“converted”, it states: “Who has taught the converted Indians to hate their
origins, reject the traditions of centuries? After all, all Muslims, including
Akhlaq, were Hindus until a few generations ago. Uske purvaj bhi usi tarah
gau-rakshak thhe jaise gau-hatyaron ko dandit karne wale asankhya vir hain.
(His ancestors were cow-protectors like the countless brave persons who punish
those who kill cows).
From where did these converted people gather so much hatred
that they became cow-slaughterers from cow-protectors?” Chaturvedi has named
Muslim religious leaders who he claims have supported cow-slaughter and has
questioned writers for never condemning “these wicked persons”. Underlining the significance of cows for
Hindus, the cover story states that the 1857 revolt was triggered only after
the order of uncapping cartridge greased with beef.