Coming down heavily on the self-styled cow vigilante groups for indulging in violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that killing people in the name of “Gau Bhakti” is totally unacceptable.
Speaking at the Sabarmati Ashram centenary celebrations in Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister said that murder of innocent people in the name of respect for cow would never have been approved by Mahatma Gandhi.
“Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would have approved,” PM Modi said.
“As a society, there is no place for violence. No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country. Violence never has and never will solve any problem,” he added.
PM Modi reminded the countrymen that India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi who preached the principle of “non-violence”.
The Prime Minister said that cows should be protected but pointed out that no one spoke more about protecting cows than Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave who always believed in "non-violence".
“No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. Yes. It should be done,” he said.
The Prime Minister urged the people of the country to work together to create the India of Mahatma Gandhi's dreams.