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I attended BJP's Anti Cow Slaughter rally today
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The Karnataka government's desperate efforts to ban cow slaughter now rests on what President Pratibha Patil will say, because the Governor has refused to give his customary nod to the Bill saying it has cross-State implications.

The BJP has pledged to hold many rallies promoting their cause beginning September. I read about one such event happening at Town Hall today, and being unemployed, was drawn to it like flies to dung. Took a quick detour from wherever I was officially headed and spent some time there.



There were around 500 people, split between sloganeering on the Town Hall footsteps and listening to speeches by various BJP bigwigs. I was wondering if the crowd would be all villagers paid for by the hour, but it was mostly urban - many middle aged and older folks, a few youngsters. On the dais were state BJP president K S Eshwarappa, Venkaiah Naidu and also Ananth Kumar, who represents Bangalore South up in New Delhi. I couldn't stay for long, so here are a few pictures and videos I took.



Here is a video of the slogan shouting:



Here's one person starting his speech:



Deccan Herald covered the Bill and its constitutional implications in depth a few Sundays ago. A recent Hindu article claims 2 lakh people could be negatively impacted. Deve Gowda has been actively opposing the Bill.

Your Position

(Anonymous)

2010-09-06 04:28 pm (UTC)

Hi Pramod:

Thanks for this.

Was wondering what your position is on the issue? You can't be neutral on every issue. Neutral politics is dangerous politics.

Mine is that the proposed ban is a clear violation of one's civil liberties. The impact of removing such a critical protein source from the dietary habits of many people is risky and will in all likely push many people down a slippery slope called malnutrition.

I am a hardened veggie...but ...denying people the right to eat beef or food of their choice? No way!

P Sainath's essay on the Malkangiri Bull in his book everybody loves a good drought - sums up how government policies are bovine in more ways than one.

Anand

Hi,
You're welcome.

That Sainath essay sounds interesting. Will read that book sometime.

I'm definitely against this bill, for the exact reason that it violates civil liberties :) Just didn't want to include that in the reportage. You can read my position here and here.

Re: Your Position

(Anonymous)

2010-10-24 08:37 am (UTC)


Disagree.

Having the liberty to do doesn't mean its right.

Re: Your Position

(Anonymous)

2010-10-24 08:39 am (UTC)

"critical protein" source, "manlnutrition" are not the right words to justify. Beef is not the only source of protein, is it ?

-Charan

Man. Sweet sweet unemployment. :)

Hehe. Let's all follow Sid's lead :P

I did, once... and I can't wait to get off the hook again.

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