The Importance of the Cow in Vedic Culture

All the gods are believed to reside in the body of Kamadhenu-the generic cow. Her four legs are the scriptural Vedas; her horns are the triune gods Brahma (tip), Vishnu (middle) and Shiva (base); her eyes are the sun and moon gods, her shoulders the fire-god Agni and the wind-god Vayu and her legs the Himalayas.

Milk Production

India has 150 million cows, each of them giving an average of less than 7500 litres of milk per year. If they could be fed and looked after, they can give 11,000 litres, as Israeli cows do. That would provide milk for the whole world. The milk we produce today is the cheapest in the world. With enhanced production we could become the world's largest exporter of milk and it could be India's biggest foreign exchange earner.

In today’s scenario, cows are not even safe in Gaushala and their death rates are very high due to improper care, unhygienic living conditions, lack of nutrition food etc. Cows residing in Gaushala are often not yielding milk.

There are many small farmers/villagres who have adequate infrastructure/land to keep cattle but financially not strong enough to buy them. In many cases, the cows belong to poor dairy farmers who lack the facility or infrastructure to feed and maintain them, are forced to sell them for slaughter.

To overcome such situations, the Society has developed a unique model for better care and survival of cows named “Gaudhan Sewa Sthal” in which cows are kept in a small group in the supervision of farmers/villagers (Gau-Sewak). The Society has setup many Gaudhan Sewa Sthal in last two years and about 1000 cows/calves are being taken care. Financial aid is also provided to those Gau-Sewaks who wish to serve Gaudhan. They yield their milk and earn their livelihood. This leads to the poor villagers/farmers towards self-dependency, create employment and at the same time protecting cows from being slaughter. A part of the income earned by such farmers/villagers are shared with the society.

Scientific benefits to own a cow

Cow benefitted us in many ways by providing Gau Milk, Gobar and Gau Mutra. The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Research, Karnal, after scanning 22 Indian native breed- Red Sindhi, Sahiwal, Tharparkar, Rathi and Gir, concluded that these five high milk-yielding superior A-2 quality milk. The status of A2 allele of the beta casein gene was 100 per cent. In other Indian breeds it was around 94 per cent, compared to only 60 per cent in exotic breeds like Jersey and HF.

Various studies revealed that A1 milk of foreign breeds of cows is the major cause of High blood pressure, Metabolic degenerative disease, Autism, Diabetes type-1 in children, Mental disorder in old age. Rest of the world are trying hard to get Indian Desi cows in their countries so that high quality A2 milk is consumed by them.

Cow slaughter in India

According to a 2012 report, India ranks 5th in the world in beef production and 7th in domestic consumption. According to a 2016 USDA review, India has rapidly grown to become the world's largest beef exporter, accounting for 20% of world's beef trade.

Disadvantage of eating beef

A living Cow makes you millionaire while a dead Cow in the form of meat help in weakening the economy and rise in the number of patients. Beef eating give rise to several diseases, ailments– cardiovascular diseases, alzheimer's disease, indigestion, acidity, liver failure, colon cancer, heart strokes and highly possible epidemic like mad cow.

Constitutional rights

Article 48 of the Constitution says: `The State shall endeavor to organize agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle'.

In 2003, the National Commission on Cattle under Justice G. M. Lodha submitted its recommendations. The report called for stringent laws to protect the cow and its progeny in the interest of the rural economy, a constitutional requirement under Directive Principles of State Policy.

Motive of Project “Own-a-Cow”

  • Creating opportunities for self employment.
  • Generating employment.
  • Social security by financial security.
  • To stop migration from village.
  • Curb on cow slaughter.
  • To curb suicide by farmers.
  • To promote organic manure in farming.
  • To improve income of farmers/villagers through dairy farming.
  • To increase availability of A-2 quality milk & its products.
  • Improvement in rural economy.