Bhopal: "The third world war will start over a cow," believes Mahamandleshwar Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri. The former VHP leader said that if the cow, which is a source of livelihood for many, is adversely affected, resentment between different groups will ignite war.
India is the only country where cattle is reared and is also a source of finance for many, if that gets affected it might lead to resentment among different groups," he told to a news agency.
After recent attacks by cow vigilantes on Dalits, PM Modi spoke at two different occasions condemning the incidents and appealing the state governments to not spare the guilty.
Commenting on the attacks, Giri told The Indian Express that while it was natural for gau rakshaks to get emotional on seeing dead or injured cows, they must not take the law in their hands. However, he also urged for states to pass stricter anti-cow slaughter laws to prevent smuggling of cattle.
He also claimed that the Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has agreed to start a Gau Mantralaya (cow ministry). His other suggestions included asking the animal husbandry department to term their inspections as a 'gaumata darshan’ and also that the cow protection board should be allotted at least Rs 100 crore, calling the present Rs 18 crore as meagre.