A little fact-check of Honourable Judge’s cow order in Rajasthan

A look into the 'research work' cited by Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma in the 139-page order to justify that “no crime is more heinous than cow slaughter.”

Written by Jay Mazoomdaar | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2017 12:13 pm
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WHILE directing the state government to coordinate with the Centre and take steps to declare cow as the national animal, Rajasthan High Court judge Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma on Wednesday cited several research work to justify that “no crime is more heinous than cow slaughter.”

The Sunday Express tried to look up those references to make sense of the claims made in the 139-page order described by Justice Sharma as his “soul’s voice”.

CLAIM 1 German scientist Rudle Steiner: “Cow uses its horns to acquire cosmic energy.”

Rudle Steiner is perhaps Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), an Austrian philosopher, architect and esotericist. He is behind the concept of biodynamic agriculture which involved, among other things, horn-manure — a humus mixture prepared by filling the horn of a cow with cow manure and burying it in the ground to decompose during the winter and recovered for use the following spring. Steiner believed these preparations mediated terrestrial and cosmic forces into the soil.

Steiner also believed Christ to be the centre of earthly evolution. “It becomes clear to us through spiritual science that the being whom we call Christ is to be recognised as the center of life on earth, that the Christian religion is the ultimate religion for the earth’s whole future,” he wrote.

CLAIM 2 Cornell University’s Ronald Goreite: “Cow milk boosts memory and the MDGI protein prevents cancer from entering blood cells.”

This is a reference to Ronald C Gorewit who, confirmed his colleagues at the university, left Cornell more than a decade ago.

In 1992, Gorewit had claimed that a protein found in cow’s milk slowed the growth of human breast cancer cells in laboratory tests. “One theory is that there are proteins like MDGI (mammary-derived growth inhibitor) that inhibit the mutations of cancer genes,” he said, adding that no human studies were being done.

It remains inconclusive how MDGI would affect people.

CLAIM 3 Dr Vijay Lakshmi of the Centre for Indian Knowledge System: “Women’s milk is getting poisonous everyday from using chemical fertilisers instead of cow dung.”

Popularly known as ‘spider woman’ for her work on the giant crab spider, Dr K Vijayalakshmi is director (research) at CIKS. Among the books she authored are Biological Methods of Pest Control and Pesticides and You.

While Dr Vijayalakshmi was “travelling in a rural area with very poor connectivity,” her office shared some publications on the use of organic pesticides and manure which included cow excreta and derivatives such as “modified panchagavya” and “amirthakaraisal”.

CLAIM 4 Mumbai’s Dr Kanti Sen Saraf: “Spraying cow dung on urban waste removes all foul smell and converts waste to fertiliser.”

This is probably a reference to veteran industrialist Kantisen Shroff of Excel Crop Care Limited. Shroff is known for his work in rural development that involved utilisation of cow dung in vermi-composting.

The claim, however, has been backed by some studies such as a 2011 paper by Gurpreet Kaur Randhawa and Jagdev Singh Khullar of Government Medical College, Amritsar, published in International Scholarly Research Notices, which claimed that cow dung “when spread over urban and rural waste in solution form (1:10-1:25 solution)… biodegrades the waste in time… naturally into the basic five elements.”

Rest of the references made in the judgment are too vague and the corresponding claims too outlandish. Asked if Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was familiar with the experts and their research work listed below, ICAR deputy director general Dr JK Jena said that “response from the institute concerned working on these aspects” would be available in a few days.

“I can’t place any of these Russian, American and British names dropped as half-references. These people may well exist but certainly not in the mainstream academic space,” said Kamal Kishore, a former ICAR scientist and the India coordinator of Rainfed Livestock Network.

A number of other scientists and experts in animal husbandry also dismissed the following references as “deliberately misleading” and the claims as “ridiculously absurd” and “lies peddled as science inspired by ancient knowledge on modern internet” but refused to go on record “in the current atmosphere”.

CLAIM 5 Famous Russian scientist Shirovich: “Houses plastered with cow dung are safe from radio waves. Using 10 gms of cow ghee in yajna generates a tonne of oxygen.”

The reference to Russian scientist Shirovich – or Shirowich, in some cases – with similar claims surfaces in different websites but none elaborates on his identity or research work. (The only ‘famous’ scientist with a similar sounding name is Lawrence Sirovich, an applied mathematician at Rockefeller University.)

If the first claim attributed to Shirovich were true, it would be impossible to watch TV or talk over cell phones in a room plastered with cow dung. Besides, conversion of any 10 gm material to one tonne of anything defies the laws of physics.

CLAIM 6 Agriculture scientists Dr Julius and Dr Book German: “Cow is the only animal that exhales oxygen.”

Neither could be traced. No living being other than plants produce oxygen. Animals, however, exhale the unused part of oxygen as lungs cannot process all the oxygen inhaled from air.

CLAIM 7 Dr King, famous scientist of Madras: “Cow dung can destroy cholera germs.”

Several websites repeat the claim without specifying Dr King’s identity or attributing it to any verifiable study. Adding to the confusion, some websites – such as that of Surabhi Goshalas of Andhra Pradesh – cite Dr King’s work only to attribute the cholera-killing powers to cow milk instead of dung.

CLAIM 8 Britain’s Dr Hamilton: “Cow urine cures heart disease.”

Another unspecific and unverifiable claim found on many websites. Some websites – such as VedicGiftShop.com for “simple effective solutions to health enthusiasts” – credit “Dr Crawford Hamilton from America” for the breakthrough.

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    asif hassan
    Jun 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    The sad part of it is this unscientific thing is getting pushed in to the head of a small child just in the name of ancient science and blurring the line between actual science and charlatan speak of a so called Judge!!!He is the est candidate to be tried for Lunacy!!!!
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      Parag Maheshwari
      Jun 5, 2017 at 1:34 am
      Very nice india atoz news india a2z
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        adi
        Jun 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm
        Very nice research and rigtly said. Cow should be made National animal.
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          arc
          Jun 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm
          The judge is from the casteist., uneducated, uncultured cow belt, after all. He proves that even a Brahmin from cow belt (now gujjuland included) can't rise above the mountain of gobar that the cow belt is.
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            jk
            Jun 4, 2017 at 2:34 pm
            intelligence of judge is a proof of cow dung & cow which apparently judge is using in his meal everyday
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              John Joseph
              Jun 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm
              This is what Muslims do. Hope Christians wake up and ban Islam. 12.50 pm: Eyewitnesses told the BBC that the three attackers shouted “this is for Allah” before stabbing people at om. The witness described how the attackers, b ishing knives, entered a bar and began attacking people. “They literally just started kicking them, punching them, they took out knives. It was a rampage really,” he said. “They headed down towards Southwark Cathedral towards the bar, and starting running at people. “People at the bar started fighting back. Then the three of them decided to make their way up to the bridge “A woman was staring at them and they started stabbing her. “Throughout the w way across the bridge, there were people littered across bleeding. People
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                arc
                Jun 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm
                Ram (gadha] Madhav, why are you hiding behind a Christian name? Don't be a naughty boy. Be a nice boy and go and play with your Guruji Moron Bhagwat. Don't forget to go in your khaki half pants, huh?
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                Ram
                Jun 4, 2017 at 2:27 pm
                Judge should not work as politician, Unfortunately after retirment additional posting and getting mercy from political master, this type of people forget their cons utional obligation.
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                  arc
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm
                  The judge is clearly a donkey, with thinking capacity akin to that of all gadha sons of gaumata with no identifiable father among the street bulls. Maybe cows get pregnant by swallowing bull tears and thus give birth to gadha bhakts like him, Mohan Bhagwat, Ram Madhav and bovines like Smriti Irani and Uma Bharti.
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                    John Joseph
                    Jun 4, 2017 at 2:31 pm
                    Do you talk like this all the time full of hatred just like you Catholics do? You are a disgrace to Christianity.
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                      arc
                      Jun 4, 2017 at 3:21 pm
                      And you are the pride ofMohan Bhagwat, taking on a fake Christian name and defending the gadha bhakts. You know charades don't work always.
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