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Instead of tiger, declare cow as our national animal, says Haryana minister

The Haryana minister's tweet has come bang in the middle of a raging controversy over the Dadri lynching incident

By: IANS | Chandigarh | Published: October 7, 2015 12:31 pm
Health Minister Anil Vij Haryana Minister Anil Vij tweeted saying that cow should be made India’s national animal

A senior minister in Haryana has taken on the Royal Bengal Tiger – literally.

The minister, who is from the BJP, has demanded that the cow should be declared as the national animal, displacing the tiger.

A tweet from Haryana Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday read: “Declare Cow as National Animal of India instead of Royal Bengal tiger.”

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The minister’s tweet has come bang in the middle of a raging controversy over cow slaughter, beef ban in various states and the killing of a Muslim man in Dadri area of western Uttar Pradesh last week over allegations that he had eaten beef.

Vij is a senior minister in the first Bharatiya Janata Party government in Haryana, which came to power in October last year after assembly polls.

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In March this year, the BJP government announced a complete ban on sale of beef in any form in the state. The decision upset many people living in Gurgaon, adjoining the national capital, especially a large number of foreign nationals living in the industrial hub, as beef eating has become illegal in the state.

Vij is the most active of all Haryana ministers and quite popular with his action-oriented style of functioning and speaking out openly what is on his mind.

The minister is well-known for his no-holds barred comments on the Twitter and otherwise, including on his own government and colleagues.

In the last few months, he has even left his own government and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar embarrassed with his comments.

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    Asma
    Oct 7, 2015 at 2:31 pm
    Right cow must be declared national animal, as it is being demanded by majority but after that all the HINDU families should keep the cows and bulls at their home as cow is mother for them ,they should not wander on the road like stray animals, and they should not harm the crop in the field of other peoples,if they do so then it will be pa by the HINDU brothers. If our HINDU brother are agree to it then declare cow as national animal and so called "GAAY MATA".
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      abdul
      Oct 7, 2015 at 1:47 pm
      This is good suggestion. But calling it an animal will be offending to several hindus who regard cow as their mother. It will be good if cow be declared mother of Hindus by law. If laws are clear, there will be less strife in the society. I know my Hindu neighbours also worship Rat (mooshak) as vehicle of Ganesha. Clear laws should be made so that the worshipped animals are not killed. Its responsibility of the government that religious sentiments of people are not hurt and there is peace and harmony in the society. But Mr Minister, why dont you start this act in your state first?
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        abdul
        Oct 7, 2015 at 2:50 pm
        We know that the gender ratio in Haryana is one of the worst in the country. Girl child killing is thought to be responsible for this. Do Hindus worship women (girl child) as well in your opinion? Do you think that you should take similar measures to protect the girl child as well, irrespective of the fact if it is worshiped or not?
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          Annu
          Oct 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm
          Pity! A beautiful religion like Hinduism is being killed slowly and an odious religion Hindutva is forcing itself upon the people. Why are the Hindus not seeing how their religion is being annihilated?
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            AlsoIndian
            Oct 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm
            I totally value the feelings of those Hindu who are against the cow slaughter although dozens of sayings from Hindu scriptures not only approve but encourage eating beef. Hindu reformers like Swami Vivekanda literally approved eating beef. India has the largest cow inventory in the world. There are about 301 million cows that represent 31 percent of total world cow potion. 100% cow protection would mean the above figures will surp one billion. We must understand and agree that nobody rears a cow in India for the purpose of beef. It is only the old cows, sterile cows and bulls that are sold for beef. In the last fews years of a cow's life, it is only a burden on the farmers - most of whom are Hindus. As regards the bull, the farmers either starves the baby bull to death because mostly it doesnt serve them a purpose or rear it sell it for a hefty price to Muslims. The sterile cows are also a big burden on the farmers and are quietly sold to the beef eaters. The serious questions are do we have the means to take care of one billion cows in India? Who will pay for it? What will be its affect on the farming land, the water resources and the environment? How will it affect the human life? We need not emotional but logical answers to these questions.
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