Townhall: PM Narendra Modi says he gets angry at those making Gau Raksha business

PM Modi also added, "I've seen many people who carry out anti-social activities all night, and during the day they wear the garb of 'gau rakshaks' (cow protectors)."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 6, 2016 8:01 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Townhall interaction with the nation on Saturday evening at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi said, “I feel angry when people, in the name of cow protection, do business”.

The PM said, “I feel angry when people, in the name of cow protection, do business. Many people claim to be cow protectors just to hide their illegal trade. Cows mostly die of eating plastic bags and these cow protectors should urge people not to throw plastic on roads, this will be a big service. (Kaafi log jo Gau rakshak hain, woh gau raksha sirf apne kaale dhandhe chupane ke liye karte hain. Gau raksha ke naam pe jo log dukaan khol ke baithe hain, mujhe unpe bada gussa aata hai).”

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PM Modi also added, “I’ve seen many people who carry out anti-social activities all night, and during the day they wear the garb of ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow protectors).”

There have been a spate of attacks by these so-called cow vigilantes over the past few weeks, with Dalits as well as the minorities facing the brunt of such activities. However, the BJP too has faced the repercussions following the flogging of some Dalits who were skinning a dead cow in Una district of Gujarat. With Dalits across the state up in arms against the government’s handling of the issue, the party could face the heat in the elections next year. Also, chief minister Anandiben Patel too stepped down this week, in what many see as an attempt to douse the flames.


The PM who also spoke on democracy said that the spirit of a democracy is incomplete if one thinks the citizen’s role stops at voting as participative democracy is essential.

Answering questions from citizens from across the nation and abroad asked via video conferencing, Prime Minister Modi said, “‘Last mile delivery’ is as important as policies. The benefits must reach the intended beneficiaries. If good governance is not stressed on then regular life of a citizen won’t change, won’t develop. If we don’t focus on good governance then lives of normal people will not change.”

“Development and good governance should have a balanced relation, even for a small incident anywhere, Prime Minister is targeted. Holding Prime Minister responsible for everything that happens at every level in the nation can be good politically or for TRP. Every responsible person holding a position should be questioned. People should easily get what they want. We want to develop good governance where processes are less and things get done easy for citizens,” he added.

Elaborating on the concept of good governance, he said, “Good governance means those processes that are redundant do not exist. Grievance redressal systems are the biggest strengths of a democracy. Every citizen should have their problems addressed and responded to. Technology and good governance will benefit farmers. The most powerful thing in democracy is Grievance Redress System.”

Asserting that India is among the fastest growing economies in the world, the Prime Minister said, “I raise one issue but the whole system is addressed. We are taking few initiatives for good governance. The world is in recession. Despite the purchasing capacity of world going down, we have a growth rate of 7.6 percent.”

“If there is one sector that can power the economy it’s the agriculture sector. Further, Khadi for nation and Khadi for fashion, this must be our guiding principle,” said the Prime Minister, who launched ‘The PMO App’ and met the youngsters who developed the app.

He said the unique spirit of our villages must remain and at the same time they must have facilities associated with cities.

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  1. T
    Aug 7, 2016 at 12:25 am
    Business means selling COW MUTRA.
    1. A
      Aug 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm
      I am asking questions to bala sahab fan . In days of bala sahab it is difficult topay school fees .he was doesn't complete his education. .now how much property.he was business man or industrie list.don't be fool in indian people.they known every thing
      1. V
        Aug 7, 2016 at 7:12 am
        This should put at rest doubts of Modi-baiters that only Development is the agenda of Modi Govt. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3 Cheers for Modi ............ ............... ................ . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We voted for a leader not for a party (BJP) or organization (RSS).
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          Ajay G
          Aug 7, 2016 at 3:35 am
          Majority of RSS guys were heard abusing hi till 2 years back and Dr. Ambedkar too. This sudden show of love ?
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            Ajay G
            Aug 7, 2016 at 3:16 am
            Mr. Prime Minister lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Plain rhetorics will not work. These shops mushroomed during your regime in last decade. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let it be handleded as a Law and Order issue.Why cows should be seen loitering on streets ? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let each of your MP be guardian of Gaushala of 1000 cows. It's good economics.
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              Hard Talk
              Aug 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm
              Mr. Prime Minister lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dalits of Gujarat where you have been CM for 12 years may know better your intent behind anger. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Cow vigilante's growing strength in "Vibrant Gujarat" ure us only 1 thing that Development Issue will not be affected by Gau Rakshak even this time. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Perhaps politicals aspirations in Hindu-sensitive (and minority dalit) Gujarat were resson behind your grudgingly swallowing the anger. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India is a much larger landscape than Gujarat and much more diverse. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;On national level, your Political aspirations keep on growing or at best a constant. But Dalit minority is not available to your satisfaction in rest of India. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So empty tantrums will not be sufficient, people expect action.
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              A K
              Aug 6, 2016 at 4:42 pm
              The so-called paint up anger is the sign of frustration for failure to control the hooligans due to saffron pressure emanating from Nagpur. Elections are round the corner, so is the show of frustration and anger. What about paletisation of Kashmir, no show of anger as there is no election there.
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                Fazlur Rahman
                Aug 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm
                Indian Govt has stopped the practice of Sati by enacting law. Sati is the process of burning a widow in the funeral pyre along with her dead;br/gt;In the same way, Indian Govt should enact law allowing everybody to eat beef. This will eliminate an irritant from Indian society.
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