Back in 2016 Indian nut-job Shankar Lal, above, prompted a great deal of eye-rolling when he advised people to follow his example by smearing their cellphones with fresh cow shit, claiming it would protect them from ‘harmful radiations’.
Well, Lal, 78,a bigwig in a right-wing Hindu organisation – Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – is back in the news, this time for claiming that a greater consumption of cows’ milk will reduce India’s crime rate.
According to this report, Lal claimed that the crime rate has risen in the country ever since people started consuming milk from buffaloes and jersey cows.
The reason is that milk of buffalo and jersey cow is ‘tamasic’ which triggers anger, a person loses tolerance and that leads to increase in crime. On the other hand, cow milk is ‘sattvic’ that gives peace to people and this leads to decrease in crime.
Lal is connected to an RSS-affiliated outfit called Gauseva which is set to launch a countrywide 15-day Gau Jap Mahayagna at temples across the country from March 31 to make folk aware of eight major benefits of cow products, including their dung.
The senior RSS functionary claimed that in the past eight years, 3,000 women have delivered babies without surgery because they consumed around 40gm of liquid extract of cow dung with five leaves of basil at the time of labour pain. Babies apparently pop out without complications within two hours of their mothers consuming the concoction.
He also claimed that if a pregnant woman consumes curd prepared from cow milk in silver bowl daily for eight months:
The baby will be of fair complexion, intelligent and with sattvic nature.
He intimated that his claims were based on research carried out at the Cow Research Centre in Nagpur.
When Lal was questioned about the the remarkable qualities of gobar (cow dung) vis-a-vis cellphones, he replied:
Cow is our mother. Its excreta and urine are nectar and have power to save humans from any disease. If cow dung can treat cancer, why can’t it save us from a phone’s microwaves? Haven’t you heard that Junagadh scientists (in Gujarat) have found gold in cow’s urine (they found traces of it). I put fresh gobar every week.
Asked whether other members of his organisation do the same, he got four to show their phones; all were beshitted on the back. He said:
All the people in my team, be it children, men or women, have cow dung on their phone. Why won’t they? They know its magical effects.
In May 2017 it was reported here that:
Cow science, or “cowpathy”, as it has been termed by Hindutva ideologues, is in for a new national level makeover. Last month, what was generally regarded as pseudoscience – or at best “fringe science” – was elevated to the status of a major agenda for national level scientific research cutting across many scientific departments and national laboratories.
Hat tip: Gaurav Tyagi