A national conference that was organized by Virat Hindustan Sangam on Sunday at BSE International Convention Hall, Dalal Street, Mumbai. Subramanian Swamy the BJP leader and founder of VHS called for a cess to be imposed imposed for funding gaushalas across the country.
According to Subramnaian Swamy, “If we ask[tax] to pay Re 1 on petrol for gaushalas, the country will be flooded with money.” regardless of faith he said, cow protection tax applied to all people – “Cow protection cess will be applied to all, Hindus and Muslims, since we tax everybody equally.”
The 6 hour event was attended by about 500+ representatives among them Union minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir, industrialist Hrishikesh Mafatlal, ambassador of Nepal Deep Upadhyay, ISKCON Chowpatty president Govind Das, and goshala owners were seated on the grand stand.
Spiritual leaders, businessmen, politicians, and owners of gaushala’s attended the event. Among the subjects discussed included claims that cows could cure cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, as well as ways to boost the export market for cow milk and making it the national animal.
A number of gaurakshaks were felictated in the event. Among them was retired director general of the Border Security Force, PK Mishra, who the organisers claimed had rescued “40 lakh cows” at the Bangladesh border. An activist for People for Animals, Chetan Sharma, was also felicitated for stopping meat vehicles “all over Maharashtra”. The crowds cheered with slogan of Jai Goumata.
Companies that harness cowdung and urine to make soap, air freshener and sanitiser were given space by the organizers to market their products. One gentleman held up a bright pink liquid spray to a reporter of TOI. “This one can make all the impurities in the air like carbon dioxide solidify and fall to the earth. That one removes impurities and wax from raw vegetables and apples.”
Swamy also commented on the government’s recent national law regulating the sale of cows for purposes of slaughter and said that the law did not infringe upon people’s right to eat what they want. He also said in the remaining two years of Modi Government a call would be made for law on national cow slaughter ban.
“There is no such thing as absolute fundamental right. The right to eat beef is subject to ‘reasonable restrictions’ in the Constitution. Soon, a national ban will be announced on cow slaughter and consumption.”
Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir, who was among the dignitaries at the conference, proposed converting India’s 7 crore hectares of forest land to “cow sanctuaries” similar to Project Tiger. “Farmers who wish to abandon old, unproductive cows can leave them there,” he said. “We can also incentivise ‘Chara [Fodder] Banks. We have raised enough awareness about cow slaughter. Now, we should generate forest grass as fodder for cows.”
“The identity of India shall remain Hindu. I say this is Hindustan to keep a door open for non-Hindus who are ready to accept their identity… that their ancestors were all Hindus,” Swamy said