Two-day district literary meet inaugurated at Hiriyur

Giving a clear indication that he does not favour the BJP Government's proposed law of banning cattle slaughter, writer and president of the 10th District Kannada Sahitya Sammelan Yelanadu Anjanappa has accused the Government of trying to manipulate the natural food chain.

Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day sammelan here on Wednesday, he said that the proposed law only prevents the killing of cows but not all herbivores animals such as sheep, goat and camel which are equally important in the food chain.

“This goes to show that the law did not say anything against killing of any other domestic animal,” he said. Though he admitted that efforts should be made to save cattle, he said that there was no harm in killing non-productive cattle for consumption of beef.

Mr. Anjanappa said that as the poultry industry was meeting the food demands of innumerable number of people, the same logic should be applied even to cattle.

The Government should promote meat industry which will help a large section of society to eke out a living.

He cautioned that the implementation of the law would only create social and law and order problems in the State.

He said if the Government really intended to increase milk production by protecting cows through legislation against cattle slaughter, then the Government should also punish those who “wasted” milk during religious ceremonies.

‘Stop wastage'

“Your objective is to increase milk production, but you have no law to prevent the wastage of milk, especially when numerous children of the State are suffering from malnutrition,” he said.

The writer also took a dig at the saffron-clad seers of the State.

He said that most of them were creating divide on the lines of caste in the State.

“Instead of disseminating human values to people, the seers are involved in politics of divide,” he said.

In his address, Panditaradhya Swamy of Sanehalli Math said that the people were directly responsible for pushing democracy into darkness. People do not discharge their duties with responsibility. By falling prey to cheap inducements during elections, they sell off their votes only to elect the wrong candidates, he said.

Rebutting the allegations that most Veerashiva maths had become pro-BJP, the seer said that the maths were not favouring any political party.

“We are just favouring the right public representatives regardless of their party affiliations. And we do not hesitate to boycott them if they fail to discharge their duties with sincerity,” he said.

Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Nallur Prasad, district Kannada Sahitya Parishat president K.M. Veeresh and writer K. S. Bhagawan were present.

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