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Gau raksha, desh raksha: Kerala's 'Brahmins product' was carrying tag since 2011

Man with 40 cows and selling 70000 litres of milk emerges as the source of a Twitter storm. He is a neighbour of the Kerala Agriculture minister too. Here is Narayanan Namboothiri's defence. 

Published: 02nd August 2019 05:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2019 05:44 PM   |  A+A-

milk packet

The controversial Om Krishna milk packet. (Photo | Twitter, @peekeymon)

By Online Desk

A dairy owner, neighbour of the Kerala Agriculture Minister VS Sunil Kumar in Thrissur's Anthikad, has revealed that the milk cover getting roasted on Twitter for having 'Brahmins Product' and 'Gau raksha, Desh Raksha' emblazoned on its face has been carrying the tags since 2011.

"I have been using the same packet design since I started the dairy plant in 2011," Naryananan Namboothiri, owner of Om Krishna Dairy, said, adding it showed his love for cows.

"I am a farmer who is involved in selling milk for the last 25 years. The cows helped me to grow over the years," he explained.

Namboothiri began with five cows and now owns 40 of them. His dairy, which also procures milk from outside, sells around 7000 litres of it every day.

Namboothiri's clarification came after Twitter was roused by an Asheem PK, who tweeted the cover of the milk packet with the comment: "Kerala is now selling milk with tagline ‘Brahmins product’. Also the text in Malayalam reads ‘Go raksha, Desh Raksha’. Don’t know whether to laugh or cry!!! #smashbrahmanicpatriarchy".

Twitterati were quick to react.

While some argued that Brahmins is the name of a south Indian brand (it incidentally is of a more famous brand whose popularity Namboothiri might have been attempting to cash in on), others demanded an instant boycott.

The outcry comes in the wake of the increasing cow vigilantism reported from various parts and the mob killings associated with it in recent years.

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Here are some of the reactions: 

Some argued wrongly, like we mentioned earlier, that it is a product of the 'Brahmins' group:

However, there were attempts at clarification and even an apology on behalf of the state:

Then there was that section of people who got offended by the tweet and dismissed it as 'hypocritical':

(With inputs from the Online Desk)
 

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