The cows have been in the news as much as the honourable Prime Minister himself. From giving Aadhar cards to them to now conducting an annual examination on ‘cow science,’ the BJP Govt. never fails to amuse us and yet again, they did it. Yes, the government on Tuesday announced a national-level voluntary online exam on 'Gau Vigyan' to be held on February 25.
The intent is to generate interest among students and the general public about indigenous cows and their benefits.
Announcing the first-ever exam of this kind, Rashtriya Kamdhenu Ayog (RKA) Chairman Vallabhbhai Kathiria said this exam will be conducted every year.
"For raising mass awareness about the indigenous cows among young students and every other citizens, the RKA decided to conduct a national exam on cow science," he told reporters.
Cows have been a controversial matter in India as many among the country's majority Hindu population consider the animal to be sacred. Most states like Gujrat, MP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, J & K, HP, and Delhi have already banned Cattle slaughter.
These bans have been increased in India ever since the Hindu nationalist party BJP came to power in 2014. But cow vigilante violence is reportedly the usage of physical force in the name of ‘cow protection.’ Mob attacks targeting mostly illegal cow smugglers, in some cases even licensed cow traders, have become prominent. A large number of these people include Muslims. According to a Reuters report, a total of 63 cow vigilante attacks had occurred in India between 2010 and mid-2017.
About The Exam
The Aayog has prepared a study material on cow science including topics like "religious significance" and "medical significance" of cows. “The exam will infuse the curiosity into all Indians about cows and make them aware of the unexplored potential and business opportunities a cow can offer, even after it stops giving milk,” RKA Chief added.
Further, primary, secondary and college-level students, as well as the general public can appear for the 'Kamdhenu Gau-Vignyan Prachar-Prasar Examination’. There will be no fee charged for taking the exam.
The questions in the exam will be objective type, and the syllabus will be recommended on the website of the RKA. The exam results will be declared immediately and certificates will be given to all. “Meritorious candidates will be given prizes and certificates,” the chief said.
The reference material provided on the RKA website claims that large-scale abattoir activity leads to major earthquakes, an unproven claim that suggests that pain emitted by mass slaughter can generate enough stress to trigger a seismic reaction.
The RKA, which comes under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, was set up by the Centre in February 2019, and is aimed at 'conservation, protection, and development of cows and their progeny.'
Propaganda Or Not?
Tavleen Singh, Indian columnist, reporter, and writer took to Twitter on her take, “questioning the leaders’ passion for cows, as to why are they being abandoned and hungry still seen surviving on garbage in our cities?”
A member of the opposition Indian National Congress Party, Priyank Kharge, criticized the move on Twitter. "These jokers want to explore 'Cow Science' during pandemic & don't give a damn about scientific protocols to be followed by companies while vaccinating the entire population," said Karge, referring to India's emergency approval earlier this week of two coronavirus vaccines.
Speaking at a public rally in his home state, Dilip Ghosh – president of the BJP’s West Bengal unit and a member of parliament, said the hump on the backs of Indian cows, unlike those from abroad, had an ingrained “swarnanari” or gold artery, which after sunlight shone on it created traces of gold in its milk.
That’s the reason cows’ milk in India is yellowish in colour, he said, adding that Indian cows or “Gau Mata” were superior to those from other countries.
Makes us ponder that, do we truly ought to consider bovine science? Why take this test? Because “a cow is full of science that needs to be explored," said the RKA Chairman recently.
So whoever may be interested, can register now for the first-ever online cow science exam and test your knowledge by simply answering 100 multiple-choice questions. If you need more time to prepare, don’t worry, this exam will be held every year.