The Worldwide Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is the “greatest cheat” within the nation because it sells cows from its gaushalas (cowsheds) to butchers, BJP MP Maneka Gandhi stated in a scathing assault on the spiritual group.
The ISKCON, probably the most influential Krishna sect on this planet, rejected the allegations as “unsubstantiated and false”.
Response to the unsubstantiated and false statements of Smt Maneka Gandhi.
ISKCON has been on the forefront of cow and bull safety and care not simply in India however globally.
The cows and bulls are served for his or her life not bought to butchers as alleged. pic.twitter.com/GRLAe5B2n6
— Yudhistir Govinda Das (@yudhistirGD) September 26, 2023
Ms Gandhi, a former union minister and an animal rights activist, is vocal on social media over problems with animal welfare.
“ISKCON is the largest cheat within the nation. It maintains gaushalas and get advantages from the federal government, together with huge lands,” she is heard saying in a video that has gone viral.
She then remembers her go to to ISKCON’s Anantpur Gaushala in Andhra Pradesh, the place she says she could not discover any cow that does not give milk or calves. “There was no dry cow in your complete dairy. Not a single calf was there. It means all have been bought.”
A dry cow is one which has not been milked for a while.
“ISKCON is promoting all its cows to the butchers. Nobody else does this as a lot they do. And so they go on and sing ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishna’ on the roads. Then they are saying their complete life relies on milk. Most likely, nobody has bought as many cattle to the butchers as they did,” she alleges.
Rejecting the allegations, ISKCON’s nationwide spokesperson Yudhistir Govinda Das.stated the spiritual physique has been on the forefront of cow and bull safety and care not simply in India however globally. “The cows and bulls are served for his or her life not bought to butchers as alleged,” he stated.
ISKCON has pioneered cow safety in lots of components of the world the place beef is a staple weight-reduction plan, stated an ISKCON assertion shared by him. “Smt. Gandhi is a widely known animal rights activist and well-wisher of ISKCON therefore we’re stunned by these statements,” stated the assertion.
The ISKCON, related to the Hare Krishna motion, has a whole lot of temples and thousands and thousands of devotees around the globe.
The ISKCON hit the headlines a few months in the past after certainly one of its monks criticized Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahansa. The spiritual physique had promptly “banned” the monk Amogh Lila Das and despatched him for atonement after his feedback triggered an enormous controversy.