PM Modi Speaks: Gau Rakshaks Anti-Social, So Angry To See Shops In Cow’s Name

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday rapped cow vigilante groups or ‘gau rakshaks’ for their violent acts aimed at terrorising people in the name of cow protection. Speaking at a townhall event organised to celebrate two years of the government’s citizen engagement platform MyGov and the launch of PMOApp at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, PM Modi said that most of the people involved in such activities were anti-social and were running their shops in the name of cow protection.
Prime Minister’s comments came after a long interval since the first big incident of cow vigilantism shocked the nation last year when Mohammad Akhlaq of Dadri, Uttar Pradesh was beaten to death by an angry mob over rumours that he had consumed beef. Ever since that incident, there have been reports of similar instances coming from different parts of the country, creating tension among the masses especially those involved in the business of cattle trading.

hile PM Modi was the target of opposition parties for long because of his keeping ‘mum’ on incidents of cow vigilantism, his comments on Saturday solicited a mixed response from them. Also, the ‘harsh criticism’ of gau rakshaks by the PM comes after his party found itself in a tight spot at his home turf Gujarat following the massive protests by Dalit community after videos of Dalit youth being assaulted by cow protection groups went viral on the Internet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday rapped cow vigilante groups or ‘gau rakshaks’ for their violent acts aimed at terrorising people in the name of cow protection. Speaking at a townhall event organised to celebrate two years of the government’s citizen engagement platform MyGov and the launch of PMOApp at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, PM Modi said that most of the people involved in such activities were anti-social and were running their shops in the name of cow protection. Prime Minister’s comments came after a long interval since the first big incident of cow vigilantism shocked the nation last year when Mohammad Akhlaq of Dadri, Uttar Pradesh was beaten to death by an angry mob over rumours that he had consumed beef. Ever since that incident, there have been reports of similar instances coming from different parts of the country, creating tension among the masses especially those involved in the business of cattle trading. hile PM Modi was the target of opposition parties for long because of his keeping ‘mum’ on incidents of cow vigilantism, his comments on Saturday solicited a mixed response from them. Also, the ‘harsh criticism’ of gau rakshaks by the PM comes after his party found itself in a tight spot at his home turf Gujarat following the massive protests by Dalit community after videos of Dalit youth being assaulted by cow protection groups went viral on the Internet.