In 2019, Mr. Modi’s Government National Cow Commission for the express purpose of protecting cows. Its website shows, among other things, goals “proper implementation of laws regarding the prohibition of slaughter and / or cruelty to cows.” Many Indian states, but not all, ban the slaughter of cattle.
The research material in the new course was designed by the Cattle Commission, which falls under the Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Dairy, and was widely circulated online in several languages, including English. The first online exam was supposed to be Thursday.
The Indian cow, or zebu, is no different from the cow breeds that the West knows. Zebu, easily recognized by its large shoulder belly and pronounced dewlap, is more tolerant of heat and drought and more resistant to some diseases, although it produces less milk.
However, the material that the students were asked to absorb for the exam made unfounded claims, such as that inside the hump of the Indian cow “is a solar pulse known to absorb vitamin D from the sun’s rays and release it into its milk. “Hump-less” Jersey “cows, the material said, do not have such powers.
Another part of the curriculum said that native cows were “emotional toward humans and other living beings,” but that in foreign cows “none of these emotions were exhibited.” Indian cows are “attentive” and “strong”, the material said, but foreign cows are “lazy”.