Bulandshahr Violence: How Far Are We from Declaring India a Cow Rashtra?


Bulandshahr Violence: How Far Are We from Declaring India a Cow Rashtra?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty


e entered a new chapter in India’s history this Monday – one that is marked by the mob as the paramount authority in public life. The killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr is proof. And even as the news continues to send shockwaves throughout the country, the UP CM seems more concerned about cow slaughter than the murder.

In the wake of Monday’s violence, Adityanath held a meeting in Lucknow on Tuesday with high-ranking officials from his government, including the chief secretary, DGP, principal secretary (home) and additional director general of police (intelligence). It took until Tuesday morning because on the day the killing occurred, Adityanath was attending a laser show in Gorakhpur, as reported in The Wire. After the meeting, Adityanath told his officials that “tough action needs to be taken against those who carried out cow slaughter,” according to the official press release. Threats to the lives of cattle were taken into consideration and the policeman’s death was not even acknowledged. It took until the next morning after much media outrage for an announcement that the CM would visit the family of the murdered cop. Scratch that. Adityanath stayed put in Lucknow, while the policeman’s family travelled to meet him from their home in Etah. Inspector Singh’s son Abhishek told reporters at the meet, “I plead with the society, people of my generation, please don’t get into cow and communal politics. My father used to say above all, be a good citizen.”