Janmashtami – the protector of cows, Lord Krishna’s birthday

Published By : Admin | August 9, 2012 | 20:51 IST
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Time to reject ‘pink revolution promoting slaughter of mother cow’

Dear Friends,

Jai Shri Krishna!

On the occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to you and your family, especially children. Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is the day to recall feelings Bhakti (devotion) and Bhav (intent). In various parts of the country rather the entire world, Janmashtami is celebrated in a major way through different ways. The most common image of Janmashtami is that of ‘Dahi Handi’ wherein a sea of Krishna Bhakts assemble to see youngsters attempting to break the earthen pot filled with milk cream. Lord Krishna, the ‘Makhan Chor’ is always remembered as Sakha (friend) and protector of cows.

Lord Krishna stands for decimating the evil. In his infant days he escaped the evil designs of Kansa. The image of a youngster from Vrindavan with cows to a divine figure in the Mahabharata always serves as a blessing for us. He always personified divinity and enlightenment. In the middle of ‘Mahabharata’, he gave us the message of life in the form of the ‘Bhagwat Gita’. He showed us the way of life by teaching ‘Nishkam Karmyog’ or selfless service. It is a matter of great pride that the blessed land of Gujarat has been the Karmabhumi of Lord Krishna. Dwarka was the capital and he remains the ‘Dwarkadhish’ or the Lord of Dwarka. Dakor and Shamlaji too have deep-rooted bond with Lord Krishna.

There is a huge presence of Lord Krishna in every aspect of our life. We not only revere Lord Krishna but also everything associated with him. Among other reasons, his association with cows made us to worship them as our mother. In Gujarat, we have left no stone unturned to protect ‘Gau Mata’. We are the only state in India to enact a law for protecting the cow’s progeny and ban cow slaughter. But, our work does not stop at preventing killing of mother cow but to also ensure their wellbeing. This inspired us to organize cataract operations for cows.

It saddens me that present UPA Government led by Congress is promoting slaughtering of cows and exporting beef to bring ‘Pink Revolution’. Our ancient Indian ethos and values doesn’t teach us to kill mother cow, who nurture us from the day we start taking shape in the womb of our mother till we leave this mother earth. Sadly, the UPA seems unbothered about this rich ethos of our culture. It wants to make India the biggest exporter of beef! Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave worked tirelessly for the protection of mother cow but this Government abandoned their teachings. Should we feel proud of this endeavor of the UPA Government led by Congress, which is founded on the killing of our mother cow?

Friends, on this day, I appeal to you to take a pause and reflect whether we should kill our mother cow who give us milk and various milk products which are essential for our children who are suffering with protein deficiency. Our future generation is not getting sufficient milk and this Government wants to kill cows that provide us ‘ladder for life’. I’m sure that you will contribute your might in stopping such insane act.

Once again, I convey my greetings on this auspicious day and also take this opportunity to extend a warm invite to visit places in Gujarat such as Dwarka, Dakor and Shamlaji, connected with Lord Krishna.

Yours,

Narendra Modi

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Today, India commences its G20 Presidency.

The previous 17 Presidencies of the G20 delivered significant results - for ensuring macro-economic stability, rationalising international taxation, relieving debt-burden on countries, among many other outcomes. We will benefit from these achievements, and build further upon them.


However, as India assumes this important mantle, I ask myself - can the G20 go further still? Can we catalyse a fundamental mindset shift, to benefit humanity as a whole?

I believe we can.

Our mindsets are shaped by our circumstances. Through all of history, humanity lived in scarcity. We fought for limited resources, because our survival depended on denying them to others. Confrontation and competition - between ideas, ideologies and identities - became the norm.

Unfortunately, we remain trapped in the same zero-sum mindset even today. We see it when countries fight over territory or resources. We see it when supplies of essential goods are weaponised. We see it when vaccines are hoarded by a few, even as billions remain vulnerable.

Some may argue that confrontation and greed are just human nature. I disagree. If humans were inherently selfish, what would explain the lasting appeal of so many spiritual traditions that advocate the fundamental one-ness of us all?

One such tradition, popular in India, sees all living beings, and even inanimate things, as composed of the same five basic elements – the panch tatva of earth, water, fire, air and space. Harmony among these elements - within us and between us - is essential for our physical, social and environmental well-being.


India's G20 Presidency will work to promote this universal sense of one-ness. Hence our theme - 'One Earth, One Family, One Future'.


This is not just a slogan. It takes into account recent changes in human circumstances, which we have collectively failed to appreciate.


Today, we have the means to produce enough to meet the basic needs of all people in the world.


Today, we do not need to fight for our survival - our era need not be one of war. Indeed, it must not be one!

 


Today, the greatest challenges we face - climate change, terrorism, and pandemics - can be solved not by fighting each other, but only by acting together.

Fortunately, today's technology also gives us the means to address problems on a humanity-wide scale. The massive virtual worlds that we inhabit today demonstrate the scalability of digital technologies.


Housing one-sixth of humanity, and with its immense diversity of languages, religions, customs and beliefs, India is a microcosm of the world.


With the oldest-known traditions of collective decision-making, India contributes to the foundational DNA of democracy. As the mother of democracy, India's national consensus is forged not by diktat, but by blending millions of free voices into one harmonious melody.

Today, India is the fastest growing large economy. Our citizen-centric governance model takes care of even our most marginalised citizens, while nurturing the creative genius of our talented youth.


We have tried to make national development not an exercise in top-down governance, but rather a citizen-led 'people's movement'.


We have leveraged technology to create digital public goods that are open, inclusive and inter-operable. These have delivered revolutionary progress in fields as varied as social protection, financial inclusion, and electronic payments.

For all these reasons, India's experiences can provide insights for possible global solutions.

During our G20 Presidency, we shall present India's experiences, learnings and models as possible templates for others, particularly the developing world.

Our G20 priorities will be shaped in consultation with not just our G20 partners, but also our fellow-travellers in the global South, whose voice often goes unheard.


Our priorities will focus on healing our 'One Earth', creating harmony within our 'One Family' and giving hope for our 'One Future'.

For healing our planet, we will encourage sustainable and environment-friendly lifestyles, based on India's tradition of trusteeship towards nature.

For promoting harmony within the human family, we will seek to depoliticise the global supply of food, fertilizers and medical products, so that geo-political tensions do not lead to humanitarian crises. As in our own families, those whose needs are the greatest must always be our first concern.

For imbuing hope in our future generations, we will encourage an honest conversation among the most powerful countries - on mitigating risks posed by weapons of mass destruction and enhancing global security.

 


India’s G20 agenda will be inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive.

 


Let us join together to make India's G20 Presidency a Presidency of healing, harmony and hope.

Let us work together to shape a new paradigm - of human-centric globalisation.