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Cow is mummy in UP and yummy in the Northeast
Anyone found killing cows in Chhattishgarh will be hanged, this salvo on cow front was fired by none other than the ebullient Chief Minister Raman Singh this Saturday.

Pichhale 15 saal se ek bhi ghatna aisee nahi maarega usko latka denge (Not a single incident of cow slaughter has taken place in the last 15 years...anyone who does so will be hanged)," the chief minister told reporters when asked if Chhattisgarh was also considering any changes in its law against cow slaughter.

What inspired the CM to make this jingoistic statement was the latest 'The Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill' recently passed by the Assembly in the absence of Opposition members who were suspended from the House on the last day of the budget session. According to this amendment, cow slaughter becomes an offence punishable with life term. The most stringent provision in the amendment Bill is awarding maximum imprisonment up to life, but not less than 10 years, to those found involved in slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks.

This amendment has also made cow slaughter, transportation of cow or beef and beef products a cognisable and non-bailable offence. The Bill also bans transportation of animals from one place to another at night while providing for permanent forfeiture of vehicles involved in the transportation of progeny of cows, beef and beef products. It has also proposed a fine which "may extend to Rs 5 lakh but shall not be less than Rs 1 lakh" for those found guilty of cow slaughter.

The enlightened Chief Minister of Gujarat said, "Protection of cows is the single most important principle towards saving the whole world from both moral and spiritual degradation." Needless to say that Gujarat would go to the polls later this year.

Under the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act 1954, which was amended in 2011 by the then government headed by Narendra Modi, the maximum jail term for cow slaughter was seven years, but not less than three years.

And as we all know that the newly elected BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has recently launched a crackdown on illegal slaughter houses immediately after the Assembly polls. UP is another prize in the kitty of BJP-ruled states.

Some months ago, the then Goa's chief minister Lakshmikant Parsekar had clearly stated that he could not impose this ban. The reason for this, as stated by the chief minister, is that beef is an important part of the daily diet of about 40 per cent of this state's minority populations, ie, Christians and Muslims. He said that it had taken his party many years to win the confidence and support of these minority groups. He also said that his government is not concerned with the policies of BJP's government in Maharashtra or at the Centre.

Despite the looming darker clouds upon the democratic horizons we do still breathe an air scented with freedom of expression. That is promised by the Indian Constitution. And here is a vibrant example of that:

"Cow is mummy in UP and yummy in the Northeast"

The following week All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party president Asaduddin Owaisi had slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for its 'hypocrisy' on beef and ban on cow slaughter when the Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu said, "Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won't take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that."

Till date there have been no state laws that prescribe death penalty as a punishment for cow slaughter.

So the nation can take the statement 'usko latka denge' as the "CM Raman Verdict" which no one should confuse with CV Raman Effect which is taught in higher physics.

Earlier, there were plenty of poetic reasons assigned to 'neela asmaan" and "yeh neela samundar (sea)", "yeh thandey (cool) se chashme (water streams)", "yeh shakhon (tree branch) ke saayey (shadows)", but the first time it was told by Lord Rayleigh, a scientist from England that the colour of the sky is blue as the sunlight is scattered by molecules of air and small particles in the atmosphere. It is blue because it has a short wavelength hence get scattered the most. Similarly, scientists believe that the colour of the seas are blue because they reflect the sky.

It was Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, a world renowned Indian physicist who on February 28, 1928, made a path-breaking discovery which later was named as the Raman Effect. He found out that even the sea scatters the light. The Raman Effect is of high importance in studying the molecular structures of nature's objects. And for its discovery, Raman got the 1930 Nobel Prize for physics. His efforts showed the world that India could produce top class scientists, and put our country right on the scientific map.

The Indian political skies are suffused with saffron hue scattered from Nagpur and it is debatable whether in Chattisgarh, henceforth, an offender is to be lynched by a politician without the recourse of law or….. The idea of Chief Minister of Chattisgarh leaves much to be talked and pondered about.

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