Bhopal, Aug 8: A government official in Madhya Pradesh has predicted that the third world war would be fought over cow. This has been claimed by Mahamandleshwar Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri, chairman of executive council of the Madhya Pradesh Gaupalan Evam Pashudhan Samvardhan Board.
The board, working under the animal husbandry department, is responsible for protecting and conserving the cow in Madhya Pradesh.
"The third world war will start over a cow,'' Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri was quoted as saying by the India Express.
"The cow has always been a source of contention. There are references in mythology and the first war of independence in 1857 began over the cow," said he.
"It's natural for gau rakshaks to get angry when they see dead or injured cows packed in vehicles because it's an emotive issue for them," he said. "They should not take the law into their own hands and should wait for the police to come once they stop such vehicles. When all states pass stricter anti-cow slaughter laws, smuggling of cattle through state borders will become impossible."
Giri has also decided to sensitise officials of the animal husbandry department.
"They can't use words like 'inspection' when it comes to visiting gaushalas, and should choose 'gaumata darshan'. Words like 'inspection' give the impression that they are superior, which is not the case. If they use darshan, their outlook will change,'' added he.
Madhya Pradesh is home to 575 recognized gaushalas.