‘G’ for ‘gau mata’

After posting for six days straight, I am already beginning to lose steam 😀 The clock is ticking away and I don’t know what to pen down. But I guess this is what a challenge is all about and I can’t allow it to get the better of me.

So today I will simply introduce you to the ‘holy cow’ or ‘gau mata’ as she is known as in India.

In a country where a majority of the population is Hindu, the cow is a symbol of wealth, abundance and selfless giving.

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As you probably know, on Indian roads, cows have right of way.

It is quite normal to honk aggressively, yell out curses or display other signs of mutual disrespect towards fellow human beings. But for a cow, you must wait patiently while it crosses the street at its own leisurely pace.

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Then again, India is nothing but a land of contradictions. So where a majority of the population sees the cow as divine, a significant minority considers a beef steak divine 😉

And while it is important to respect the sentiments of the majority, it is also necessary to uphold the rights of the minority. Holy cow! What a predicament!

 

This post is the seventh in a series of 26 posts that I am writing throughout the month of April as part of the A to Z challenge 2016.

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15 thoughts on “‘G’ for ‘gau mata’”

  1. A predicament indeed. The need to balance the needs of the majority with the needs of minorities is a perennial, global issue, and one that can, in my view, never be fully resolved. In many cases, what is a necessary freedom for some is an anathema to others. How to resolve this without causing resentment on one side or the other is not trivial, however much some may try to trivialise it.

    Keith Channing A-Zing from http://keithkreates.com

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    1. Keith, how well you put it. It is not trivial and has led to many bloodied conflicts. India has seen it’s share of riots and they still flare up from time to time. It is amazing that we manage to function as a democracy at all, given all our differences.

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      1. Castes, religions, sexual orientation, gender identity, skin colour, political affiliation; the list is endless. Everywhere you look, people are ranged against people, frequently on the basis of something that no-one can control, that no-one has chosen. Look at the current pre-election fever in the USA, the refugee/migration issues in Europe.
        Perhaps humanity needs a common enemy to unite them.

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      2. Yes and all the infighting serves our politicians well. Critics of our prime minister say we elected Donald Trump 2 years ago and the US is copying us now 🙂 Is it my imagination or are we really becoming more divisive, prejudicial and fundamentalist in our outlook? 😦

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    2. Keith, how well you put it. It is not trivial and has led to many bloodied conflicts. India has seen it’s share of riots and they still flare up from time to time. It is amazing that we manage to function as a democracy at all, given all our differences.

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