Youth Congress workers at Congress party office in Kannur in Kerala, slaughtered a calf in full public view. They not only killed the calf but cooked the beef and distributed it too, just to protest against the centre’s ban on cow slaughter. Is this incident shocking? No! From Jawahar Lal Nehru to Rahul Gandhi, Congress has always been led by anti-Hindu leaders.
Today leftist media mocks UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, every time he is seen serving cows but long before him Dr. Sarvsri Sampurnanand, Chief Minister of UP from 1954 to 1960 brought a law to ban cow slaughter in UP. The decision was against the wishes of the then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. In 1955, the UP Assembly enacted the UP Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act. Nehru described it as a ‘wrong step’. Nehru already had a spat with Dr Rajendra Prasad over the issue. Dr. Prasad wanted the Government to bring a Bill in Parliament for banning cow slaughter across the country. Nehru refused as in his view, the issue of cow slaughter was ‘unimportant and reactionary’. He threatened to quit as the Prime Minister if the bill banning cow slaughter was passed in the Parliament. Why did Nehru think that the ban on cow slaughter would be ‘reactionary’? Who would have reacted? Was he scared of displeasing Muslims by banning cow slaughter?
Article 48 in the Constitution of India says-
The State shall …… take steps for preserving and improving the breed, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.
In 1966, citing Article 48, Hindu organizations protested against cow slaughter. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi refused to accept the demand to ban cow slaughter. Agitated by the stand of the government, Hindu holy men and anti-slaughter Hindu devotees participated in a protest on 7th November 1966. According to Hindu Panchang, it was Gopashtmi that day.
All factions of Hinduism – Sanatani, Arya Samaji, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Nath, Nirankari and some Muslims too participated in the rally which started from Arya Samaj Mandir, Chandani Chowk. Most revered saints like Shankaracharyas of Jagannath Puri, Govardhan Math and Dwarka Jotishpeeth, the seven Peethadishes of Vallabh Sampradaya, Ramanuja Sampradaya, Ramananda Sampradaya, Mahant of Gorakhpeeth, Saints President and secretary of Arya Samaj and Granthis of various Sikh shrines led the protest. According to reports, 10 lakh people including 20 thousand women participated in that rally.
After reaching the Parliament, the Gau Raksha Samiti gave memorandum but the Government was not ready to hear anything for a ‘complete ban on cow slaughter’ in India. When the agitated crowd tried to enter Parliament House, Police lobbed tear gas and started firing ruthlessly and indiscriminately.
Eyewitness account of Acharya Sohanlal Ramrang, who participated in the rally –
The moment crowd became out of control, police started lobbing tear gas shells and ordered lathi charge. Soon police started an indiscriminate fire on the crowd. Bodies were falling in heaps. The road in front of the Parliament became red with the blood of the dead and injured. At least 5000 protesters died. To cover the tragedy, Government called trucks and crammed alive, injured and dead in the trucks. Even those alive succumbed under the weight of dead bodies. Till date, no one knows what happened to those taken away in trucks. Whether burnt or buried somewhere. Curfew was imposed and 50000 protesters, along with all the saints except the Shankracharya were put in Tihar jail. Karapatri Ji Maharaj started Satyagraha in Tihar jail. It was the largest killing of Hindus by Indira Gandhi in a single day.
In traditional Congress style, Indira Gandhi put the entire blame of the tragedy on the then Home Minister Gulzari Lal Nanda. Nanda promptly resigned, taking the responsibility of the incident. Today blame is put on the Prime Minister even if a horse is injured anywhere in the country. To protest against the brutal killing of the Hindus and the Hindu saints, many renowned saints started fast unto death. The new Home Minister Y B Chavan went to meet the fasting saints and gave assurance that the ‘Cow Protection Bill’ would be brought in the next session. The Indira Gandhi Government never kept its promise.
According to some sources, Karapatri Ji Maharaj cursed Indira for the brutal killing of the Hindus. No wonder, Indira Gandhi met a violent end and coincidently 31st October, 1984, the day she died, was Gopashtami.