NEW DELHI: Despite the RSS endorsing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on fake cow vigilantes, its affiliate, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Saturday strongly condemned it by terming it as an insult to the Hindus.
“Those who are willing to have a friendly talk, even with our enemy Pakistan should have tried at least once to initiate a dialogue with Hindus and gau rakshaks,” the VHP said. Saturday’s statement was one of the harshest criticisms of any of Modi’s statements by a group affiliated to the Sangh.
“Rather than appreciating the efforts of Hindus to save cows and initiating a sincere dialogue with the gau rakshaks, dismissing about 80 per cent of them as anti-socials and gundas is an insult, not only to gomata, but also to all the Hindus who gave their lives for cow protection,” Pravin Togadia, international working president of the VHP said.
“Modi’s directive to states to create dossiers on cow vigilantes amounts to racial profiling of Hindus as they are the ones who give their lives to protect cows,” Togadia added. “The head of the nation has put the lives of cow protectors in danger, in the hands of states and cow butchers.”
Modi’s denouncement of fake cow protectors had come under attack from various Hindutva groups, accusing him of giving in to pressure. Togadia’s statement is in keeping with the VHP’s aggressive stance on Hindutva issues. With a tinge of sarcasm, VHP demanded the Prime Minister to disclose the basis of his claim that about 80 per cent of the cow protectors were anti-socials.
“The Prime Minister should explain what he as the Chief Minister of Gujarat or CMs of any BJP-ruled states have done to stop the usage of plastic,” Togadia said, taking a dig at Modi’s claim that more cows die due to consumption of plastic than being butchered. “It is absolutely humiliating and demoralising for Hindu cow protectors when the Prime Minister says he gets angry with them.”