With the continuing debate on beef ban, amid mixed reactions from different sectors of the country, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar has claimed that cow meat is poisonous. Speaking in a supportive tone towards the Hindu right wing group’s ideology to save ‘gaumata’, Kumar further claimed that the urine of cow has healing features and can treat terminal diseases like cancer. Citing that 90 percent of the world’s population feeds on cow milk, the RSS leader termed cow as the ‘mother of humanity’ and stated that the cow keeps poisonous things to itself and its products milk and cow dung are vastly beneficial.
Attending an event organized by the Forum for Awareness of National Security, Kumar further stated that even the cow dung is beneficial as used by many common men as cement for making houses. Stressing on the fact that cow meat contains poison, he claimed that killing of a cow is not allowed in any religion.
However, Kumar clarified that he is not urging for a ban on beef but suggesting people with warnings to refrain from consuming cow meat. As reported by DNA, Kumar was quoted saying that like warnings on tobacco packets, he is alarming people to restrict themselves from killing ‘gaumata’.
According to a recent report by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation (OECD), India is world’s third largest exporter of beef and accounts to 16 percent of the total export of beef around the world. OECD data further states that the country has imported 363,000 tonnes of beef in the previous year and the amount is almost similar every year in the past decade. However, Indresh Kumar claimed that according to government figures the export of beef from the country has reduced.
By Priyam Mukhopadhyay