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Savarkar Didn’t Think the Cow Was Sacred, Pawar on Beef Ban Row

Amid recent controversies, the NCP chief said Hindutva ideologue Savarkar never thought of the cow as sacred.

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NCP chief, Sharad Pawar (Photo: Reuters)

Amid rising incidents of violence over the politics of beef, including the killing of 24-year-old Kashmiri truck driver Zahid Ahmad Bhat and the murder of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said that the Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar did not hold the cow as a scared animal.

A Times of India report quoted Pawar as saying,

Savarkar’s views about Hindutva were taken conveniently by a few people who have narrowed their thought process. Savarkar said that cow is a useful animal, however it can be slaughtered and eaten after it is no longer useful. This stand was not welcomed (by those who swear by him otherwise).

Pawar condemned the Dadri lynching incident and the controversial comment by the RSS mouthpiece, Panchjanya, on the issue.

It is very worrisome that a class has come into existence which dictates terms on people’s choice of food. This class also reserves for itself the right to punish those who do not follow their diktat.

The former Union minister was speaking at a function where a book penned by Dr Vivek Korde, ‘Jatiyvadi Rajkarnacha Anwayartha’, was released.

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