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Documentary film 'Holi Cow' raises serious questions over mob lynching
Md. Junaid, resident of Ballabhgarh, Uttar Pradesh, was beaten to death by a crowd in a train. In a village near Dadri, Akhlakh Saifee was beaten to death by a crowd inside his house. Two Muslims in Jharkhand are hanged by the crowd. Pahlu Khan was killed by a crowd in Alwar, Rajasthan. Md. Qasim too was beaten to death by a crowd near Hapur, Uttar Pradesh. There was a similarity in these incidents that all the deceased were accused of eating the cow's flesh.

Producing the documentary film "Holy Cow" on Mob lynching was not easy for producer and director Suraj Kumar. Suraj's team went to all the incident sites and talked to the relatives of the deceased and also talked to the injured victims. The script of this film is written by Amrendra Kishore, who is a senior journalist and has been writing on social issues for a long time. The basis of Kishor's writing has always been research since the beginning. The script of this movie has also been written by Kishor, after extensive research, which is based on occurred events. Referenced newspaper clipping covering the incidents occurring in this film are also shown.

In the film Vinay Katiyar, Pravin Togadia, Sakshi Maharaj, Champat Rai, Ved Nagar have been shown to say that cow is sacred to Hindus and eating cow's meat is not justified at any cost. Significantly, in most of the states of the country, cow meat is forbidden to eat, but in Goa and in a few Northeastern states, it is not forbidden. A statement given by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Parliament has also been shown in this film, in which he described the incident of killing hundreds of Sikhs by a group of mob in 1984 as the biggest incident of "Mob Lynching".

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the killing of Muslims by the so-called Hindu leaders in his speech in Gujarat on June 29, 2017 as grossly condemnable. In the statement given in the Parliament on July 20, 2018, he criticized these incidents and talked of taking action against them. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak or Chief Mohan Bhagwat also criticized these incidents. Not only this, the Supreme Court also condemned such incidents during a hearing of a case.

In the film "Holy Cow", former Bureau chief Sir William Mark Tully and film actor Naseeruddin Shah have also expressed their views on "Mob Lynching". Tully and film actor Naseeruddin Shah both condemn such incidents. In the film, the noted senior historian DN Jha points out that the practice of eating cow's meat is centuries old in India. In the Vedas there is mention of eating cow's meat by Hindus. In that era, Hindus used to eat calf, whose flesh is soft. 

In this film, Surinder Singh Jodhka, professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University has highlighted the economic side of cow's flesh eating. Prof Jodhka says that till the cow gives milk, it is beneficial to the poor person, but as soon as it stops to give milk, it becomes a burden for them. In such a case it's beneficial for the poor to sell it.

The cows have been shown roaming in the film, which shows that so-called Hindu leaders are not interested in improve the condition of cows. Nevertheless, Muslims are being targeted in the name of eating cow's flesh. Today, in this artificial fire, Muslim community's children, young, old are women are burning. Suraj Kumar has tried to show the mirror of truth through "Holy Cow". However, this is such an issue that needs a solution and Suraj Kumar has taken a positive step in this direction by making this film.

The crowd has no right to take law and order in their hands. To punish the guilty, there are law and order and courts in our country. The punishment of anyone cannot be decided by a crowd. If crowds take law and order in their hands, then the common people will lose their confidence on the country's legal system, which will not be right for democracy.

The film will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, which is going to be organized from May 14 to May 24, 2019, but when it will be shown in India, it has not yet been decided. However, this movie can be shown in India after the Lok Sabha elections 2019 conclude.

About the author: Satish Singh is currently working as Chief Manager in State Bank of India's Economic Research Department, Corporate Centre, Mumbai, and has been writing mainly on financial and banking topics for the last 10 years.

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