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Why we must oppose a Cow Protection Bill in Assam

On the evening of May 23, Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi tweeted, “For a Hindu, cow is a sacred animal. It is a symbol of life and should be protected. Cow is a very generous animal and people consider that a cow gives more to the civilization that what she receives. We all revere and worship cows as it nurtures us through life sustaining milk. In fact, it is a symbol of the divine bounty of earth. I am happy to inform you that my Government plans to introduce the Cow Protection Bill in the next Assembly session. The proposed Bill envisages imposition of complete ban on transport of cattle outside the State. We will adopt a zero tolerance policy and enforce stringent punishment for the offenders. Once passed, Assam will join other States of the country who have passed similar Bills.”

The following day, quite a few BJP MLAs including the Assam Chief Minister followed the same line and commented, “Cow is our Mother. We will continue to take steps to prevent cow slaughter under the provisions of the Indian Constitution.”

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