Shankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati, a renowned Hindu spiritual leader, and scholar have come out in support of Monu Manesar, who was embroiled in a controversy over his alleged involvement in an incident where two cow smugglers were burned to death.
In a statement contrasting with past statements by Narendra Modi, the Shankaracharya expressed his support for Monu Manesar and praised the work of Gau Rakshaks (cow protectors).
According to reports, Monu Manesar was accused of being involved in an incident where two cow smugglers were abducted from Rajasthan and burnt alive in Haryana. The incident sparked a nationwide debate on cow vigilantism and raised questions about the role of Gau Rakshaks in Indian society.
While many condemned the incident, others, including Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati, have defended the actions of the cow protectors.
In his statement, Shankaracharya targeting Narendra Modi said, cow protectors may be goons for the leaders of our country, but for Dharma Acharyas, Gau Rakshaks are Dharmaveers.
He went on to say that cow protectors are not criminals who will run away after committing a crime in the dark. If they commit a crime, they will come in front and say, “I did this.” The Shankaracharya also praised the work of cow protectors, calling them the commanders and heroes of our religion.
The statement by Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati has sparked a fresh debate on cow vigilantism and the role of Gau Rakshaks in Indian society. While some have welcomed the Shankaracharya’s support for Monu Manesar and the Gau Rakshaks, others have criticized the statement, saying that it encourages mob violence and vigilantism.
It is important to note that cow vigilantism has been a contentious issue in India for several years now. While cow slaughter is illegal in many Indian states, the issue of cow protection has been exploited by some groups to target and harass minorities, particularly Muslims. Incidents of violence and lynchings in the name of cow protection have also been reported in various parts of the country.
In this context, it is essential to condemn any form of vigilantism and mob violence, regardless of who is perpetrating it. While the protection of cows is an important aspect of Hinduism, it cannot be used as an excuse to justify violence and discrimination against minorities.
It is the responsibility of religious leaders and society as a whole to ensure that the principles of tolerance, compassion, and non-violence are upheld at all times.
In conclusion, the statement by Shankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati in support of Monu Manesar and the Gau Rakshaks has sparked a fresh debate on cow vigilantism and its role in Indian society.
While the protection of cows is important, it cannot be used as an excuse to justify violence and discrimination against anyone. It is essential for religious leaders and society as a whole to uphold the principles of tolerance, compassion, and non-violence at all times.