From the time of my birth, there has always been one word that haunted me: ‘cow‘. Whenever I did anything wrong, I would hear people calling me a cow. If I performed poorly in school or received low grades, my parents and even my teachers would call me a cow. Sometimes I was even referred to as a “bull”, also. In Bengali, we call a cow “GORU” and a bull “BALAD.”
They called me a cow or a bull because they believed that cows were unintelligent and had no brains. Cows were considered the worst of all animals. This was the reason why people use the word ‘cow’ or ‘bull’ as a slang term to disrespect and show that a person had no talent.
If someone were to be called a cow or bull, they would be understandably upset.
It wasn’t just me who experienced this; you hear these two words used often, almost everywhere. We use cows to plow agricultural fields, collect paddy, level land, and most importantly, get milk. Regardless of religion, everyone uses cows and bulls for their own purposes. I have witnessed farmers using sticks to hit cows when they are slow or refusing to work. I have seen so much violence and barely noticed any acts of kindness or respect toward cows. I have seen people tying calves to milk cows for our milk needs. I have witnessed cows being beaten while they are being milked. When cows get old, people sell them for money. I have seen so much since my childhood that it’s not easy to type, write or explain.
While I was staying in Sikkim, located in the north-eastern region of India, I observed that people, including Hindus, were consuming beef. I asked some Hindus why they were eating beef, given that it is considered a sacred animal. They replied that the beef they were consuming was from male cows or bulls. It was quite surprising for me to see that restaurants and stores were serving both pork and beef.
My question is, if you respect and love something or someone as your own mother, how can you torture, punish, and sell? Would you trade your own mother for money when she gets older?
We always refer to cows as our mothers, but if you call someone the “son of a cow,” you will get into trouble. We love to call cows our mothers but don’t want to call ourselves the sons of cows or bulls?
We say that cows are useful animals, but we don’t say that cows are useful humans. Maybe we will be reborn as cows when we die, but it’s unclear why cows are more valuable than humans. A human being should be respected more than animals.
Now, when you say that a cow is your mother, then you should accept that you are a son of a cow.
So in truth, Men are not the sons of men but rather ‘the sons of cows’.
I am very pleased that the Government of India is protecting cows and asking everyone to respect them as if they were our own mothers. I can proudly say that I am the ‘son of a cow‘, and no one should be ashamed of it.
Cow violence in India
Cow violence is a serious issue in India. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases of cow violence, including the lynching of a Muslim man by a mob of Hindus in 2017. This violence is often motivated by religious beliefs, as cows are considered sacred by Hindus.
There are a number of factors that contribute to cow violence in India. One factor is the country’s growing religious polarization. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of Hindu nationalist groups, which have been accused of inciting violence against Muslims and other minorities. Another factor is the country’s economic inequality. India is a rapidly developing country, but there is still a large gap between the rich and the poor. This gap can lead to resentment and anger, which can manifest itself in violence.
Cow violence is a serious problem in India. It is important to understand the factors that contribute to this violence in order to address it. The government needs to take steps to reduce religious polarization and economic inequality. It also needs to crack down on hate speech and incitement to violence.
Cows in Indian culture
Cows have a long and important history in Indian culture. They are considered sacred animals in Hinduism and are often used in religious ceremonies. Cows are also a valuable source of milk, meat, and labor for many Indian families.
In recent years, there has been a growing movement to protect cows in India. This movement is motivated by a number of factors, including the increasing number of cow lynchings and the growing popularity of veganism in India.
The movement to protect cows is having a significant impact on Indian society. It is leading to a number of changes, including the passage of new laws to protect cows and the establishment of new shelters for abandoned cows.
The movement to protect cows is also having a positive impact on the Indian economy. Cows are a valuable economic resource, and the protection of cows is leading to a number of new opportunities for businesses and individuals.
The movement to protect cows is a complex and controversial issue. There are a number of different perspectives on the issue, and it is important to understand all of these perspectives in order to make informed decisions about the issue.