January 8, 2021.
TED NewsDesk, New Delhi: The Union government has introduced a new Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog to acquaint citizens with the many benefits and other important information about cows, especially comparing the benefits of the Indian cow in comparison with the Jersey cow. Since the Indian society is agriculture-based, cows hold an important place in the society and economy. To this effect, the government has come up with the Kamdhenu Gau-Vigyan Prachar-Prasar Examination which will be held on February 25.
The syllabus contains elements talking about Indian cow milk consisting of traces of gold, which gives it the quintessential yellow colour. Other elements like, earthquakes happen due to the killing of cows. The syllabus for the exam has been formed by the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog.
Explaining the unique relation between cow slaughter and earthquakes, the syllabus states, “Acoustic anisotropy leads to a very strong anisotropic stress on a rock. The daily butchering of thousands of animals continually for several years generates acoustic anisotropy due to Einsteinian Pain Waves (EPW) emitted by dying animals. And the accumulated acoustic anisotropy is found to be related to the stress history of rocks.”
In another part of the syllabus, the important role played by cow dung has been elaborated upon, “In 1984, more than 20,000 people died due to gas leaks in Bhopal. People living in houses with cow dung coated walls were not affected.”
There is also a comparison between the native cow and the jersey cow, stating that the native cow is “hardy and clever enough not to sit at dirty places,”, on the other hand, the jersey cow is “lazy” and “prone to diseases”. Putting the onus of maintaining hygiene on the non-native jersey cow, the syllabus further elaborates that, “It has also been seen that they (jersey cows) attract infection by not being hygienic enough.”
Further, the syllabus comments on the social behaviour of both the varieties of cows, saying that if an Indian cow comes across a stranger, “she will immediately stand,” but the disrespectful jersey cow “displays no emotions.”
Almost all of the government education paraphernalia will be taking care of the examination process. As per the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, “Union education ministers, chief ministers, state education ministers, chairmen of Gau Seva Aayogs of all states, district education officers of all states, principals of all schools, print and electronic media, NGOs and cow donors will be involved in this mammoth exercise [examination].”
The people sitting for the exam will get objective multiple-choice questions following the syllabus issues by the Aayog. The examinees will be divided into three categories, primary and middle school, secondary school and college students. Those who can clear the exam will be awarded cow expert certificates by the government.
Although the cow plays an important role in Indian agriculture and domestic use of its by-products is indispensable, such an endeavour and its intentions seem ambiguous. The syllabus is scraping much criticism as to the scientific base of its geological and historical claims related to the Indian cow. However, it remains to be seen how the Indian citizens receive this initiative, whether they hold it under a critical eye or accept it as it is.
Source: Hindustan Times