Saffron Can't Stomach Book On Holy Cow

Vinay Krishna Rastogi, Lucknow, Aug 9 2001.

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The state units of the Shiv Sena (Shiva's Army), the World Hindu Council, the Bajrang Dal (Hanuman's Army), and also the Animal Welfare Board of India have expressed great shock at the disrespect shown to religious sensibilities by the controversial book Holy Cow: Beef in Indian Diet written by Prof. D. N. Jha.

The organisations have demanded that the book be banned immediately.

Chairman of the Animal Welfare board of India, Justice Gumanmal Lodha, described the book as blasphemous and said it showed disrespect to Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

State President of the Shiv Sena, Vijay Tewari, criticised the government for not initiating action against the author.

Justice Lodha said the author's observations, apparently drawn from the Mahabharat, that of about 200 cows being slaughtered everyday to feed Brahmins, were absurd and nonsensical.

Even the Yajurveda has not been spared, say angry Hindu Jagran Manch (Forum for Hindu Awakening) leaders of U.P. Jha has written that feeding ox meat to Brahmins was a mark of respect for them.

The Animal Welfare Board of India has condemned the observations of the author that emperor Ashoka ate the meat of two peacocks and deer everyday and that the list of protected animals during his reign did not include the cow.

State BJP (Indian People's Party) President Kalraj Mishra demanded a total ban on the book.

Stop eating beef, VHP tells Muslims

New Delhi, April 24: As a precondition for peaceful co-existance with Hindus, the Viswa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council, in short 'VHP') asked Muslims in the country to give up eating beef.

VHP senior vice-president Acharya Giriraj Kishore, while talking to mediapersons after a meeting with the National Commission for Minorities, said while there are so many other animals to eat, Muslims should not insist on eating the cow, which is considered sacred by Hindus.

Kishore also reiterated the VHP's demand to hand over the disputed sites at Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi as a precondition for peaceful coexistence with Hindus.

"First let them do it. Then we will see, " said the VHP leader while asked whether fulfilment of these conditions would foster Hindu-Muslim unity in the country.
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