Cow is mata but you can’t kill people over it: Pehlu Khan’s son Arshad

“Musalmaano ko kuch log bolte hai Pakistan jaane ko...par main iss Desh mein paida hua tha aur iss Desh ka hu,” said an emotional Arshad.

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published: July 8, 2017 3:52 am
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Recounting the horror of watching his father Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, being mercilessly beaten by cow vigilantes on April 1, Arshad’s voice shook with anger and disappointment. At the Constitution Club in Delhi, Arshad was a part of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan’s talk on “Agrarian Crisis, Cow Politics and Lynching”.

“Musalmaano ko kuch log bolte hai Pakistan jaane ko…par main iss Desh mein paida hua tha aur iss Desh ka hu,” said an emotional Arshad.

“Dairy farming is not a new profession. We had all the documents too. For us (Muslims) as well, the cow is ‘mata’ but you can’t kill a human being for it,” he said. “It’s been three months since my father was killed but there is no conversation around justice,” he added.

Also present at the talk were eminent historian Professor D N Jha — who wrote The Myth of the Holy Cow — and JNU professors Vikas Rawal and Archna Prasad.

Summarising the arguments he made in his book in favour of beef-eating by our ancestors, Jha said, “Sustenance and sacrifice went hand-in-hand during the Vedic period… Bharat Mata, Gau Mata, Hindutva are 19th century concepts. We must question the antiquity of it.”

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  1. J
    Jul 9, 2017 at 2:23 am
    No killings of humans. Let us educate people on the Cow as a mother, giver of milk and so many other things. RSS/BJP do not promote or sanction killing of innocent people.
    1. F
      Jul 8, 2017 at 5:16 am
      What Late Pelu Khan's son has said is 100 correct that muslim India are born brought up in India then whoever is saying the Muslims to go to Pakistan is funny incorrect. Government should take notice of these people. Fazal Karim. B. E (Civil Engineer ) 5.14AM/Patna /Bihar
      1. U
        UN Chauhan
        Jul 8, 2017 at 4:04 am
        Bharat Mata, Gau Mata msy be "new" concepts but they still are older than islam itself. Do the thinking that older is better or authentic is useless