Source: World Religion News
VIGILANTES KILL TO PROTECT COWS IN INDIA Hindu nationalists are accused of vigilantism to forcefully promote their distorted Hindu vision of India. The cow, which is a common sight on India’s roads are now becoming the center of rising violent social upheaval. A number of vigilante mobs, on the pretext of defending so-called Hindu values, have been lynching and even killing people who they suspect of trading cows or eating those mammals. The Hindutva (“Hindu-first”) government has done almost nothing to stop them. Hindu Nationalists are Protecting Cows Over People in India.
Certain portions of Hindu philosophy consider cows a sacred animal. Academics, however, say nothing in the Hindu scriptures say that the cow is a holy animal. Attacks on religious minorities have risen all over India from the time Narendra Modi took over as the elected Prime Minister. He is from the Bharatiya Janata Party or as it is popularly known, the BJP. The party is an openly Hindu nationalist one. Although the Prime Minister has assured the Indian electorate that minorities will be protected, this is clearly not happening. The Muslim population of India is at its uneasiest right now.
Hindus make up about 80 percent of the population in India. Muslims comprise 14 percent of the population. The list of other minority religions includes Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism. The electoral triumph of Yogi Adityanath to become chief minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has given a strong fillip to Hindu nationalists. Adityanath is an ultra-conservative Hindu priest who openly says that those Indians opposed to the Hindu way of life should drown in the sea.
Read more at World Religion News: “Hindu Nationalists are Protecting Cows Over People in India” http://www.worldreligionnews.com/?p=37360