No beef this Bakrid?

While cow vigilantes have got the country’s goat—including the PM’s—the RSS is on a bovine sensitisation campaign ahead of ‘Bakrid’. The festival falls on September 1-2.

Published: 29th July 2017 10:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2017 01:03 PM   |  A+A-

A picture of Bakrid festivities across nation

NEW DELHI: While cow vigilantes have got the country’s goat—including the PM’s—the RSS is on a bovine sensitisation campaign ahead of ‘Bakrid’. The festival falls on September 1-2.
Making an effort to broker peace, Sangh outfits will reach out to both Hindu and the Muslim communities. The former will be educated about all legal implications, including criminal, of cow slaughter and the beef ban. Hindus will be instructed to stay away from criminal vigilantism in the name of cow protection in the country.

The BJP government has come under attack by the Opposition parties due to violence perpetrated by the so-called ‘gau rakshaks’. Amidst the controversies, the BJP and the Sangh Parivar have also made it clear that they support a ban on cow slaughter but condemn vigilantism in the name of cow protection.
Now, Muslim Rashtriya Manch, an outfit associated with RSS has decided to reach out to people of both the community.
“A campaign will be run ahead of Bakrid to appeal to Muslims that they should not sacrifice cows. Moreover, awareness would be created
on ban on cow slaughter,” said Yasir Ali Jilani, national convener of the Manch.
He said a booklet will be published and distributed during the campaign highlighting the importance of cows in Hindu religion.
RSS volunteers will also reach out to Hindu youths who are engaged in cow protection. “Cow protection means to protect cows. It is like gau sewa. It does not mean taking the law into your own hands. We will tell people that if somebody is involved in some illegal activity then it is not his duty to take action. The police and law will look after this,”
said Jilani.

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