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ALL the reasons why Hindutva’s demand for ban on cow slaughter is not acceptable

I’ve tried to compile a few key reasons. As I’m not taking comments on this blog, if anyone wishes, please comment on twitter.

PRIMARY REASONS

REASON 1: FREEDOM AND PRIMACY OF PROPERTY RIGHTS

The debate against banning cow slaughter can’t be fought on factual grounds of whether Hindus eat beef, whether they ate beef in the past, impacts of beef on health or environment.

The basic principle it must be fought on is the principle of liberty. Either India is committed to liberty or it is not. And if not, we should call ourselves a Hindu Rashtra and not fool ourselves that we are a secular liberal republic.

There are at least the following freedoms which a ban on cow slaughter violates:

  1. Freedom of belief: In a liberal democracy no one can use force in matters of personal belief. Freedom of belief is a fundamental freedom. People are free to believe that cow is holy even as others are free to believe that a cow is just any other animal. People are free to be vegetarian equally as they are free to be beef eaters.
  2. Primacy of property rights: Hindus who worship their cow are free to do so with their private cow. They have no right to interfere with the private property of others.
  3. Freedom of occupation: No one has the right to interfere in anyone’s occupation. Thus, farmers who wish to sell their cattle for slaughter, abattoirs that wish to slaughter cows for exports, are entirely free to do so. The economic loss to India from banning cow slaughter is humongous. Banning cow slaughter is a form of national harakiri.
  4. Freedom ends when violence begins: A fringe minority of Hindu fanatics has been directly resorting to violence against those who do not worship the cow. If this principle is accepted, then everyone in India must have a right to use force to force others to believe in their “gods”. That would not only undermine the basic principles of a liberal republic but would lead to anarchy and chaos. How would these people feel if Muslims were given full rights to force others to worship their Allah and forcibly conduct namaaz five times a day?

REASON 2: GOVERNMENT IS OUR SERVANT

In a democratic republic, the government is a servant of the people, not its master. The government can’t pass laws telling the masters what they can shall eat. Just as it is absurd for any law to force people to eat beef, it is absurd for any law to stop people from eating beef.

The only reason a government can interfere in people’s freedoms is if someone is physically harming others.

SECONDARY REASONS

REASON 3: COW TORTURE BY HINDUS

Hindus who want a forcible ban on cow slaughter are actively torturing cows since the consequences of their actions are clear to anyone who visits India. All I see when I visit India is that cows are busy eating rubbish from dust bins and their stomachs at full of plastic and metal. And then they tell me that they are actually the well-wishers of cows.

These Hindus forget that farmers CANNOT sustain barren cows, given they are themselves in deep poverty. So the net result of the Hindu passion for banning cow slaughter is that cows are forced to eat plastic and nails.

Fake Hindus are actively torturing cows in the name of worshipping them. What a gross perversion of religion.

In fact, the only humane way to treat barren cows is to humanely, as per the Temple Grandin method, stun them and slaughter them for food.

REASON 4: HINDUTVA FOUNDER SAVARKAR CONSIDERED COWS TO BE A DIRTY ANIMAL

Savarkar, the “great” Hindutva man, himself wrote – https://www.sabhlokcity.com/2018/08/the-cleansing-words-of-savarkar-regarding-the-cow-a-beautiful-creature-but-nevertheless-only-an-animal/

“The cow eats at one end and expels urine and dung at the other end. When it is tired it lies down in its own filth. Then it uses its tail (which we call beautiful) to spread this filth all over its body. How can a creature which does not understand cleanliness be considered divine?”

REASON 5: HINDUS DID, AND DO EAT BEEF

These fanatics forget that their ancestors were 100% beefeaters and that many of their children and grandchildren WILL be beef eaters.

Not only did the Hindus (or Indians who lived in India long time) ago eat beef, a vast number of Hindus who travel abroad eat beef without any problem. A brahmin IAS officer who was studying with me in Los Angeles enjoyed his beef burger regularly with me during a break from our studies.

See my booklet: Scientific Hinduism Book 1: The role of meat in a healthy diet

REASON 6: HINDUISM IS CHANGING AND WILL ULTIMATELY DIE

Some fanatics assume that Hinduism is static, but this assumption is false. All religions are dying. Those who imagine the they can stop the arrow of progress are deluded. The children and grandchildren of these fanatic Hindus will abandon Hinduism. That is guaranteed.

Everyone is able to think for himself. I was born into a Hindu family but I think for myself so I rejected all religions including Hinduism. My children are free to make up their mind about any god/s or religion.

Dalits will hopefully leave this religion sooner than later. I have repeatedly asked the so-called “Dalits” to abandon Hinduism which treats them so badly. No self-respecting person should agree to be part of this oppressive religion.

Religion must include good ethics and morals, including respect for humanity and animals. Any religion that doesn’t demonstrate these qualities is effectively dead, whether it takes 10 years or 100 years for it to disappear.

Not only that, within Hinduism itself there are many atheist and agnostic branches that do not consider cows to be holy.

In any event, with the advance of science all these fake ideas about the cow being “holy” will be discarded. These fanatics are only displaying their deep ignorance.

REASON 7: ARE HINDUS GOING TO DEMAND A COW SLAUGHTER BAN IN OTHER COUNTRIES, TOO?

A lot of Hindus have fled their “great” India over the last 70 years to Western secular societies.

In these societies, Hindus are allowed to build temples but the law in the West does not give these Hindus the right to ban cow slaughter.

Are Hindus a kind of Muslim in disguise, in the sense that they behave differently when in a minority and majority? Should Western people start fearing that Hindus will lynch them once them become a majority religion?

If Hindus can live peacefully in a secular society in the West, why can’t they live peacefully in a secular India? Why do fanatic fringe elements of Hinduism want to convert India into a Hindu Taliban nation?

These are the same Hindus who object to the fanaticism of Aurangzeb. Yet they go about violently forcing others to impose a belief that the cow is holy. If Aurangzeb was a bad guy then why are these people following him?

REASON 8: BEEF IS FOOD

The cow is considered food by the overwhelming majority of the people of the world. Why is the belief of a fringe minority relevant to the world?

Either these fanatics are insane or the whole world is.

REASON 8: ANY BAN IS NOT IMPLEMENTABLE

We know that as a result of these bans, a lot of illegal slaughterhouses have come up in India where cows are brutally slaughtered. In addition, the police have become corrupted in the process. Bans are never practical.

ADDENDUM

I had made some points here: https://www.quora.com/Should-cow-slaughter-be-banned-in-India/answer/Sanjeev-Sabhlok

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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