Narendra Modi warns cow vigilantes: Killing in the name of gau bhakti is unacceptable

PM Modi was speaking at the centenary celebrations of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 2017 3:53 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a stern message to cow vigilantes in the country saying that killing in the name of cow is unacceptable. He was speaking at the centenary celebrations of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

“Killing people in the name of cow is unacceptable. No one has the right to take law into his/her hands. We belong to a land of non-violence. Violence is not the solution to any problem,” said the Prime Minister. He added that Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, would not approve of such incidents.

“Vinoba Bhave and Mahatma Gandhi have shown the path to practice gau-bhakti,” PM Modi said.

The remarks come in the backdrop of several incidents of lynching and murder of people by self-styled cow vigilante groups over rumours of cow slaughter. The most recent incident was the murder of 15-year-old Junaid Khan by a group of people on a Mathura-bound train in Ballabhgarh in Haryana after an argument escalated over seats. Junaid, who was accompanied by his two brothers, was going back home after Eid shopping when he was mocked over his skull cap and referred to as a ‘beef-eater.’ Five people have been held so far in the incident.

In August last year, the Prime Minister had similarly criticised the actions of self-styled cow vigilantes and asked the States to prepare dossiers on them.

“It makes me angry that people are running shops in the name of cow protection… Some people indulge in anti-social activities at night, and in the day masquerade as cow protectors,” PM Modi said. He added that people who wanted to serve cows should ensure that the animals do not eat plastic.

On Wednesday, demonstrations were carried out by citizens under the banner of ‘Not In My Name’ at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and several other cities across the country protesting the government’s silence over such attacks on Dalits and minorities. People held banners saying ‘All lives matter’ and ‘Muslim lives matter.’

“Unless we speak up, the people who are behind it are by default going to think that they have the majority’s support — which is not true”, Monami Basu, Professor of Economics at Delhi University told indianexpress.com at the protest.

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    Harjit Singh Chitkara
    Jul 1, 2017 at 8:28 am
    The Prime Minister Modi has done a commendable job by warning these so called cow vigilantes. I have been maintaining that they are no less than hi way robbers /goondas out to loot people. Money is their main object.They have opened shops in the name of cow.Which religion teaches murdering human beings in the name of cow. They need to be taught a hard lesson as "Laton ke bhoot baton se nahin Mante".
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      Sreenath Somarajapuram
      Jun 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm
      #NotInTheNameOfModi #NotInTheNameOfBJP #NotInTheNameOfRSS #NotInMyName
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        Ayush
        Jun 30, 2017 at 10:13 am
        Junaid khan incident was not about cow vigilantusm. It was a small fued about seat reservation which turned out to be murder.
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          Harjit Singh Chitkara
          Jul 1, 2017 at 8:32 am
          The violence erupted when they raised the cow's name and called them cow eaters. They misused the name of cow for their selfish interest. These so called cow vigilantes are goondas out to extort money in the name of cow.
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          Unitedindia
          Jun 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm
          Once again the man holding highest post in india has disappointed not only me,my community ,dalits,chritians but also my hindu brethen and other communities who have supported us and raised their voices against atrocities meted out to us in name of cow vigilantism. Instead of issuing stern warnings and taking action against such groups he is just stating the incidents as unacceptable. When will this man stand for poor,deprived and oppressed section of the society is a big question ? He always sits on the lap of powerful and wealthy people of the society. When will he show guts to speak for oppressed and deprived communities of india? It seems he does not intend to. This statement is just made out of compulsion,criticism and fear of loosing public support. once again real india has shown its unity and strength and given a dreadful blow to divisive politics and politicians who have no option but to support popular sentiment. United we stand,divided we fall. Lets unite again my india
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            Bharat khanna
            Jun 29, 2017 at 10:02 pm
            I had been almost fatally shot by such miscreants in spine in Muzaffarnagar riots(I survived with a bullet in my spine I am still carrying as removing would have been sucid) ,but no media bothered as a Hindu killed doesn't give TRP. Nobody bother as my wife and 2daughters spent 5 lacs in Delhi and now such Muslim victim on name of imaginary gourakshak gets heroic recognition and family members getting millions, God save majority, only minority's have right to flourish.
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              Venkatarama Muthuswami
              Jun 29, 2017 at 9:28 pm
              Forget about Mahatma Gandhi. What the your sarkar is doing to stop the street murderers?
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                SukiMaghan Arumugam
                Jun 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm
                This is the first time Modiji as a PM speaking on sensitive issue, Good Thanks, this shows his acknowledgement of wide spread anti-incumbency against his Government. PM sir words are not enough Action is more important.
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                  Abbiya
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 7:56 pm
                  Your are not lovely.. your are saffron terrorists. That why your talking like. Lovely saffron terrorists more harmful for our nation.
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