Subramanian Swamy calls for tax to fund gaushalas across India

“There is no such thing as absolute fundamental right. The right to eat beef is subject to ‘reasonable restrictions’ in the Constitution. Soon, a national ban will be announced on cow slaughter and consumption,"said BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published:June 19, 2017 4:04 am
cow slaughter, subhramanian swamy, gau rakha, cow tax, beef ban Swamy feeds a cow outside the Bombay Stock Exchange on Sunday. (Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday called for a cess to be imposed for funding gaushalas across the country. “In 1962 when China attacked India, an appeal was made to contribute to the defence fund. That is the mood of the country now. If we ask to pay Re 1 on petrol for gaushalas, the country will be flooded with money.” Swamy was speaking at a national conference for cow protection organised by the Virat Hindustan Sangam at the Bombay Stock Exchange on Dalal Street on Sunday. He added, “Cow production cess will be applied to all, Hindus and Muslims, since we tax everybody equally.”

Three brown cows stood at the entrance of the country’s premier stock exchange as gaurakshaks, businessmen, spiritual leaders, politicians, senior citizens and small-time cow shelter owners attended the conference. “Gaurakshaks are performing a great service. We must give them a certification. A national cadre called Gaurakshaks of Hindustan must be made,” said the BJP leader.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir, among the dignitaries at the conference, said it is difficult for farmers to afford old cows which stop milking. “I proposed to use 7 crore hectare of forest land for cow sanctuary. If we want to protect cows, a demand should be made to the government. People should ask the government to create a cow sanctuary just like a tiger sanctuary,” said Ahir, adding that gaushalas are overflowing and a farmer will be forced to sell his cow if no other provision is made to safeguard them. “We have raised enough awareness about cow slaughter. Now we should generate forest grass as fodder for cows,” added Ahir.

Several speakers gave suggestions about how to protect cows. Hrishikesh Mafatlal, vice chairman of Arvind Mafatlal Group, said that companies must conduct research on cow products and make efforts for cow safety under their corporate social responsibility. Swami Arihant, founder of Urjaa World Foundation, proposed that compulsory chapters be introduced in school curricula on cow protection. “We don’t need andolans, we need education. Our children have started going to convent schools and western culture is prevailing. We need to introduce chapters on cow and its protection,” he said.

From claims that cows can cure advanced cancer, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, to how best to tap the export market for milk and on making cow the national animal, a variety of topics about cows were discussed at the conference. “Cow is the national animal in Nepal and its slaughter and marketing is banned. No other animal has received this stature in our scriptures,” said Deep Upadhyay, Nepal’s Ambassador to India who attended the event.
Swamy said that his government has two more years and he is hopeful that the private bill he introduced in Rajya Sabha to give death penalty to cow slaughterers will come through.

“The identity of India shall remain Hindu. I say this is Hindustan to keep a door open for non-Hindus who are ready to accept their identity… that their ancestors were all Hindus,” Swamy said. He said that fundamental rights have a reasonable restriction. “There is no such thing as absolute fundamental right. The right to eat beef is subject to ‘reasonable restrictions’ in the Constitution. Soon, a national ban will be announced on cow slaughter and consumption.”

Mobile App for cow farmers

* Adding technology to cow protection activism, a mobile app called Cow Connect will show the nearest gaushala, help a farmer sell his cow products directly online, and offer health services using cow urine, cow dung and cow ghee.
* Gaurakshaks can register themselves on the app and form a network to share information on transport or slaughter of cow. NGOs, farmers, gaushala owners and gaurakshaks can all coordinate if one member gets information in one district about suspicious cow movement.
* “We plan to make this an e-commerce portal eventually. Farmers can upload their products and they do not need to worry about sale and constant income,” said Govind Das, attached with Virat Hindustan Sangam.
* The app has several categories — Go Krishi, Go Vigyan Anusandhan, Go Shala, Go Rakshak — to show the latest research on cow and its products, cow milk, the nearest gaushalas and the number of cows sheltered there and on volunteers working to protect cows.

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    RMR
    Jun 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm
    Collect money from gorakshas and those who say cow is God. Real gorakshas and cow lovers will come up. Dear swamiji why u want to collect money from beef eaters for goshalas? Maha paap hai swamiji. Aap dijiye apane pocket se.
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      Kamal Pasha
      Jun 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm
      Tax should be on slaughter of Cow and on beef dishes if Swamy want to collect money. He will make millions everyday.
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        vatsal
        Jun 19, 2017 at 3:02 pm
        Introducing cess for Goshala is good idea but the amount so collected from ry earners (may be even others) should be exempted from Gross Income while arriving at taxable income.
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          cbonf
          Jun 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm
          A very good suggestion by Swamiji that needs to be implemented without delay. Similarly - METHANE PRODUCTION CENTERS should be established at each GAUSHALA to extract METHANE -which can (1) supply DOMESTIC COOKING GAS for all families 100 Rupee/Cylinder (2) Run public transport 1Rupee/5KM (3) Generate Electricity for domestic needs 1 Rupee / unit (4) provide toxin free, rich manures for our farming lands.
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            Nagar Iyer
            Jun 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm
            Swamiji, Gomata is 'Lakshmi' showers wealth on us but does not demand tax from us (Ban CHEMICAL FARMING implement COW BASED ZERO BUDGET FARMING Gomata'll save 30 trillion annually thro 'natural manures' give us 'toxin-free food') [Ban the poisonous ALLOPATHY DRUGS from the market allow only COW BASED PANCHGAVYA MEDICINES. Gomata will save another 60 trillion]
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              Joykutty Cherian
              Jun 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm
              You sell your properties and do it SS ji. Don't tax the common man for this. Most of the people don't like your love for the cow. As such don't tax them for something that they don't like. If government impose something like this, it will be similar to the ' jizya-tax' imposed by Muslim invaders on non-Muslims, like Hindus, Christian, Sikhs, and Buddhists.
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                vinay
                Jun 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm
                why not Tax the income of political parties who receive 1000's of crores in anonymous donations ? Why not tax the pseudo-Charitable organization run by fake godmen , Babas and Yogis , who are mere fronts for money launderers ?
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                  Manoj
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm
                  The cow protection fund must be voluntary only. Let entire BJP donate in the fund regularly. Then only the real gauraksha will come in front.
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                    Joykutty Cherian
                    Jun 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm
                    You are right.
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                      Nagar Iyer
                      Jun 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm
                      Govt is spending 60 trillion annually on the POISONOUS ALLOPATHY - including staff ries, poisonous drugs medicines other utilities. Even after spending this much 90 of the Indians are sick because the drugs are toxic chemicals have dangerous undesirable side-effects whereas COW BASED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES which are almost free of cost, effective in curing, having no side effects are neglected by our own Government. If people do not want to pay taxes for GAUSHALAS, fair enough. But stop wasting the 60 trillion bonanza on the poisonous allopathy. Let the people decide which form of MEDICINE they should go in for: Allopathy or Cow based ayurvedic
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