The copy and translation of this excerpt is not intended to create ill feelings towards anybody, but to explain how it can be that in a culture in which the Mother Cow has been so respected like India is, there are currently so many slaughterhouses and so high figures of export of beef that go against the deepest feelings of any Hindu. Knowing history, and understanding how some features are absolutely alien to a culture is the only way to not repeat the same mistakes if we really appreciate that culture.
Here is an excerpt of the book “Crimes Against India, and the need to protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition”, written by an american Hindu scholar, Stephen Knapp, who is devoting his life to the defence and preservation of Dharma. All Hindus who value Vedic Dharma should read his books for getting more encouragement to defend it. And the westernised Hindus who do not give that value, they should read to help them appreciate what the world may miss in the future if it is not adequately protected (not publicity, conviction 🙂 )
For the non-aware readers, India has been under the British rule practically for more than 300 years, till it got independence in 1947.
(…) Let us say that not all of the British were the same. Some were actually interested and sympathetic toward the natives of India and their traditions. They worked to understand them and help in their situation. However, for the most part, from the year 1600 when Queen Elizabeth gave the charter to the East India Company, it had been a relationship of commercial exploitation, deceitfulness, betrayal, and at times even complete disregard for human decency to the point of savagery toward the citizens of India.
The arrangements of the British sent on with varying stages of difficulty and trepidations for some time, but once there was the mutiny of 1857, or the first war of independence, the British attitude changed drastically. It was from that time that the British used murder and revenge to maintain control over the people, and then began to live more separately from the natives, staying in their forts and protected areas. They also began to perpetuate the slow destruction of all things Indian, including its arts, sciences, philosophy and most importantly, its Vedic culture.
The British also gorged themselves openly on their main staple – dead cows, or beef. Though the Indian reaction was usually docile, it cannot be understimated how much disgust this disregard for dietary standards caused amongst their Indian associates. It was viewed as a complete lack of respect, not only toward Hindu Indians, but toward the most esteemed of animals in Vedic culture.
Of course, for the British to enjoy their main foodstuff of beef, they had to establish slaughterhouses. This was but another crime against India and its culture, which was known to be completely against the slaughtering of cows. To the British, eating beef put them in an elitist class over and above those who merely ate vegetables and grains. While Robert Clive was the Governor of British India, amongst all the other crimes he committed against India and its people, he made a study of the local agricultural system. Therein it became clear that for the rural process of self-sufficiency and farming to proceed, it was centered on the cow and bull. With a little land and a cow, a family could be quite self-reliant in their need for food. A bull would help till the soil and grow crops, while a cow would produce milk from which so many preparations could be made, including curd, yogurt, butter, ghee, etc. Both of them could produce fuel from the cow dung and insecticide from the urine, along with natural fertilizer for growing crops. Everything, that was needed was produced easily and naturally with proper management. This was actually part of the Vedic system of simple living and high thinking.
However, to break this system, the British devised the means to eliminate the cow. Thus, the first slaughterhouse in India was built in 1760 and had the means to kill as many as 30,000 cows in a day. This would give the British their meat, and also start the process of decreasing the number of cows in the land. This would slowly make the indians less self-sufficient and undermine the agricultural process, thus making them more dependent on the British and whatever facilities they provided. This gradually included the need for industrial fertilizer to be imported and purchased from England instead of natural manure from local cows. This was also another way to deprive people of the recommendations of the Vedic system of life.
After the first slaughterhouse was established, Robert Clive built a number of others in various parts of India. By 1910, there were 350 such slaughtehouses working day and night.
In spite of the Indian government making promises of shutting down slaughterhouses after the country became independent, the number of them actually increased to more than 36,000. Some of them continue to expand and increase the quantity of cows that can slaughter on a daily basis. Presently, they have reduced the number of cows in India by more than 200 million in the last 40 years. This is but the leftover effect of the British wherein the elite live off the means and resources that could provide for many, and in this respect by killing the most reputable and respected animal in India.
SOME PERSONAL REFLECTIONS: Why so many slaughterhouses still in the present in India?
Despite the current Government in India being pro-Hindu, the state of affairs in many matters is still quite far from good for Hinduism there. Let´s see the example of the amount of slaughterhouses that Hindus yet have to suffer in their own Bharat Mata. Why is this happening? Because, on the one hand as Mr. Knapp has explained so clearly, British made it a point to finish off with the self-reliance in agricultural matters for Indians. And they got it! The array of consequences that this crime has had go from the apalling number of farmers committing suicide, to commercial reasons of export for the callings of the insensitive market.
On the other hand, the Christian and Muslim minorities in India, who defend the intake of beef (sometimes as a matter of opposing Hindus only) have in fact much more power to oppose any pro-hindu measure that the Government would dare to take than the power of Hindus, being majority, to defend what is ORIGINAL of their motherland (the Vedic culture). Under laws started by British and continued by foreigner Christians with alien concepts as “secularism” (alien as I have explained in other posts) and the westerner forces having their vested interests in all what happens in India, it is difficult to take any step to defend Hinduism legally.
We dream, hope, pray and fight for the hindu values to be preserved, because as I said elsewhere, only under an all-embracing Hindu worldview, all religions would have a hope to live. If it depended upon Christians or Muslims, as they seek to convert all to their own faith, only they would exist, paying the price of personal freedom to choose one´s own path. History is clear: Hindus have given shelter and protected all minorities who came to India in search of hope, escaping from prosecution and all could developed their faith without interference of the Hindus: Parsis, Jews, were welcomed. Dalai Lama is a refugee in India. They have had open arms even for those who have taken advantage of that embrace to stab them just in their hearts!.