Ahmedabad, June 29, 2017: Breaking his silence on cow vigilantes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made it clear that killing people in the name of “gau bhakti” is not acceptable.
Addressing a gathering after visiting the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, PM Modi said, “Killing people in the name of gau bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve. We are the land of non-violence. We are the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget this.”
Modi underlined that no one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
“Today I want to say a few words and express sadness on some of the things going on,” Modi added, in clear reference to the increasing cases of murderous attacks on people in the name of cow protection.
“Violence never has and never will solve any problem. No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands.
“Let’s us all work together. Let’s create the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. Let’s create an India our freedom fighters will be proud of,” Modi said.
The remarks by Modi, who arrived in Gujarat on Thursday on a two-day visit, assume significance in the wake of criticism that he and his government have maintained silence about the violence by cow vigilantes who have lynched people in various places.
The cow vigilantes claim to be acting to defend an animal which Hindus consider sacred.