HIS EXCELLENCY ,
The President of India
Subject: Request for Passing the Karnataka Anti Cow Slaughter Bill 2010 .
The Bhartiya Janata Party contested elections in Karnataka with a manifesto that if chosen to power, they would ban the slaughtering of cows and oxen.
Aware of this, the people of Karnataka put the BJP government into power. One must commend the BJP government for living up to their end of the bargain.
After introducing and getting the Prevention of Cow Slaughter bill cleared from the assembly, it was supposed to be signed by the governor and enacted as a law. Instead of following this normal procedure, the governor reverted it to the President of India.
Now, the President of India must decide on a number of issues, keeping in mind Chapter IV-A. Article 51-A (g) of The Constitution of India which states that "it shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India ... to have compassion for all living creatures." It should be noted that even the former Prime Minister, the late Indira Gandhi, had written to all State governments in 1982 suggesting a total ban on slaughter of cattle. Severe penalties have been incorporated in the legislation only to ensure effective enforcement. All the founding fathers of our great nation echoed similar sentiments. Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation rightly said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
When we take something from someone, we must return the favour. The cow has fed and nourished us with the same milk that she feeds and nourishes her baby with. This goes to say a lot. We have fed on her milk and now we must return the favour. It's a blot on our conscience to go to bed every night while innocent and noble creatures like cows are brutally and mercilessly slaughtered and hacked apart to death. Are creatures which have never wronged or harmed us but only served - only to be slaughtered for their service and love?
We ask the President of India to sign the Bill to show us, the people of Karnataka, her good faith; and to the rest of India that she cares about the debt owed by people to the dumb and useful creatures who enrich our lives in uncounted ways. After all, can any of us survive without the cow, cattle and other species? Could we at least spare them the hellish cruelty of merciless slaughter?
She was there when you needed her. Now she needs you.
Sajjan Raj Mehta
President.Jain Yuva Sangathan