The Rajasthan government, which is the only state government to have a special ministry dedicated to cows under the Vasundhara Raje regime is all set to inspire youngsters and drive home the point, “Gaay Hamari Mata Hai”
The Rajasthan government, which is the only state government to have a special ministry dedicated to cows under the Vasundhara Raje regime is all set to inspire youngsters and drive home the point, “Gaay Hamari Mata Hai” which is the Hindi saying for, The cow is our mother. The government has now included a chapter on the Cow in the government school’s Hindi textbooks for Class V where the students will be taught how the cow is equivalent to their mother and therefore, must be respected. The benefits and uses of the cow will be detailed in the chapter in the form of a letter. The letter will be written from a cow to students and will be in the first person. It will not be too long or details and will stick to the points.
Some of the points mentioned in the letter are:
My sons and daughters,
I give every individual strength, intelligence, long life, health, happiness and prosperity. Those who feel (my importance) consider me as their mother and I love them like my offspring. I produce the elixir of life in the form of milk, butter and ghee. My urine and excreta produces medicines, fertilisers and pesticides. My offspring, bullock, helps you in agriculture. I also purify environment by breathing.
Though this is just a gist, the students can learn how the cow, as an animal helps human beings in multiple ways. The chapter does not have just the letter but also has multiple pictures of Indian Gods along with a big picture of the Indian cow. However, for now, the chapter has not been made compulsory in the exams though the chapter will be read in class. This means it is officially not a part of the exam portion and students need not study it in detail. While talking to The Times of India on this new move, the Gopalan Ministry (name of the cow ministry in Rajasthan) Otaram Dewasi said, “This is a positive move towards creating awareness on the benefits of the cow…”
Well, if only this letter had been given to that poor UPSC student!
P.S: Here’s the letter the UPSC student wrote, which arguably teaches a lot more than the letter from the cow!