A look at the three years of Mr. Modi’s Prime Ministerial tenure makes one thing clear. You will never hear PM speak about crucial issues, when you most expect him to. He will simply remain silent. All this while, you will see him embark public podiums hundreds of times, do his Mann Ki Baat half a dozen of times, but for some reason he will not speak about the issue, which you think he should. And all this while you keep scratching your head, asking yourself — Why?
Today after much conspicuous silence, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally chose to speak about the issue of people being attacked, lynched in the name of cow.
But again for some strange reasons, it seemed as if he was trying to reason with this killing mob. Although he spoke about the killing of people by cow vigilantes as something unacceptable, his words seemed lacking the necessary sternness.
The PM said,
“Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable,”
“No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country.”
It would have been sufficient if the PM had stopped at that. But he brought into his monologue, the necessity of protecting cows and its sacredness to Hindus.
The PM while saying that protecting cows, sacred for Hindus, is needed, said,
“No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave,” “this is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of.”
PM Narendra Modi said and PMO Twitter Handle tweeted the above while he made these remarks at Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat.
PM Narendra Modi offered a similar mish-mash on real gau-rakshaks last year in August.
Frankly speaking it’s difficult to ascertain what the PM wants to say. It’s difficult to get a sense of his remarks. One expects more clear communication from a man of his calibre. This is important because firstly, as per the Constitution of India, the subject of protection to any cattle in India is simply aspirational. Secondly, portraying Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave as the biggest of the cow protectors makes one assume that the value of life of a human being and that of a cattle is the same. Irrespective of how big cow protectors Mahatma Gandhi and Vinobha Bhave had been, they would never have mixed the question of faith with the mob killing a human being in the name of a cow.
Ideally, going by his calibre, one expects a more clear communication from him. The type of which he is capable of while he speaks about the necessity of the end of Triple Talaq among Muslims. Rather than masquerading his words, he must have sternly said — Such attacks and lynchings on any question will be dealt with sternly!