Cow Slaughter Ban

There has been hullabaloo in the name of caw slaughter, especially on banning it or not. People with so-called secular mindset make a lot of tantrum, when it comes to banning cow slaughter. The Hardliners Hindus however are the ardent advocates of proscribing it for the sake of Hinduism.

Here I would like to highlight Gandhiji `s view on this topic …..
“I have been long pledged to serve the cow but how can my religion also be the religion of the rest of the Indians? It will mean coercion against those Indians who are not Hindus. We have been shouting from the house-tops that there will be no coercion in the matter of religion. ...if anyone were to force me (religiously) I would not like it. How can I force anyone not to slaughter cows unless he is himself so disposed?”
I do support his views. Why we should follow some other country’s path of hard line in the matter of religion, when ours is a   more than 100 yrs old heritage of being the world guru ,the leader in the path of humanism ,tradition, values ,tolerance so on and so forth. Let’s be apart from other nations and follow our forefathers’ path of humanism. And just for the sake of humanity we should ban cow slaughter. And we need to promote it so that others who prefer beef or meat should too join this campaign, not by killing or threatening them, etc.
Let’s peep into the history of the long saga of banning cow slaughter to have a better insight to this story;
I am going to present the whole issue in small and precise pieces of deeply researched material. So, the whole article will come in serial order. Read it, enjoy it and share it for more awareness around. In the first part I’ll present the historical insight of the concerned issue which is as follows:

Ancient India     
The cow has been a symbol of wealth in India since ancient times. However, they were neither inviolable nor revered in the way they are today. Rather, in the Vedic period buffaloes and bulls were frequently slaughtered, both for consumption as well as religious (offerings) purposes. Cattle slaughter and beef eating began to be a disdain by lawgivers from the middle of the first millennium. 
The cow was possibly revered because Hindus relied heavily on it for dairy products and for tilling the fields, and on cow dung as a source of fuel and fertilizer. Thus, the cow’s status as a "caretaker" led to identifying it as an almost maternal figure (hence the term gau mata (mother cow)). Buddha pointed out that ritualistic practices like animal sacrifices are not good. This became one of the core preachings of Buddhism, which was later adopted by Hinduism .Jainism also played a role in cow protection idea in Hinduism.

Hinduism is based on the concept of omnipresence of the divine, and the presence of a soul in all creations including bovine. God Krishna, one of the incarnations (Avatar) of Vishnu, is widely portrayed as  one of the greatest protectors of cows. The cow and bull represent the symbol of Dharma.
According to legend, Chola King Manu Needhi Cholan killed his own son to provide justice to a cow. The king hung a giant bell in front of his courtroom for anyone needing justice to ring. One day, he came out on hearing the ringing of the bell by a cow. Upon inquiry, he found that the calf of that cow was killed under the wheels of his son's chariot. In order to provide justice to the cow, he killed his own son Veedhividangan in the manner the calf had been killed.

Medieval India
Cow slaughter again became prominent in India in the medieval age after 1000 AD, when parts of India was invaded by various Islamic rulers of Arab and Central Asian Turkic origin. According to Islamic traditions in Arab countries, goats and sheep were killed as a token of  sacrifice. On special occasions they would sacrifice camels. Islamic rulers, from Central and West Asia were not habituated to eating beef, as there were no cows in Arab countries. After Islamic rulers arrived in India, they began sacrificing cows, particularly on the occasion of Bakri-Id.

The Mughal emperor Humayun stopped eating beef after the killing of cows in a Hindu territory by his soldiers led to clashes, according to the Tezkerah al-Vakiat.[45] Later Mughal emperors Akbar (reign: 1556 – 1605), Jahangir (1605 – 1627), and Ahmad Shah (1748 – 1754), it is said, imposed selective restricted bans on cow slaughter.

The last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar banned cow slaughter in 1857 in the territories he nominally controlled, a couple of months before being deposed and deported to Burma by the British. Zafar banned the butchery of cows, forbade the eating of beef and authorised for anyone found killing a cow the terrible punishment of being blown from a canon.
Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire and Maharaja from 1801 to 1839, banned cow slaughter throughout his domains.[39] Ralph Fitch, a gentleman merchant of London and one of the earliest English travellers to India wrote a letter home in 1580 stating, "They have a very strange order among them - they worship a cow and esteem much of the cow's dung to paint the walls of their houses ... They eat no flesh, but live by roots and rice and milk.”

Hyder Ali, sultan and de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1761 to 1782, made cow slaughter an offence punishable with the cutting of the hands of the offenders.
The Maratha Empire took extensive steps to inhibit cow slaughter. In 1683, Sambhaji, the eldest son of Shivaji, is said to have executed a "Mahomedan of rank" for having killed a cow. Two Muslim butchers were publicly executed in Pune in 1775, for killing a cow and selling its meat.
 I’ll be back with the 2nd series of the article next day.Till then keep reading and liking my articles.
                                                         ----Aparna Jha

Controlling Type 2 Diabetes

 If diabetes is not controlled at early stage, it may give rise to a number of health complications. In order to understand this phenomenon, let us assume your body as your house and diabetes a spark that has caught one of your valuable belongings, say your bed, almirah, book shelf, etc.
If you do not put out it the moment you see the spark, it may take a form of fire and you will have to experience more damage. It is always unwise to dig a well when your house is on fire. In essence, the sooner you get aware of the menace of this disease, the more will be the possibility to safeguard your body.

Given below are some of the diseases arising out of Diabetes:

Cardio-vascular Diseases: Cardio-vascular Diseases are the diseases or disorders that result due to damage to the blood vessels and heart. Those who are diagnosed with diabetes, tend to be 5 times more prone to get these diseases. When the sugar in the blood increases, blood vessels start getting narrow and that may result into stroke and heart attack.
Kidney Diseases: Diabetes increases blood sugar level. This elevated blood sugar makes the work of kidneys tough as they have to filter too much blood because of increased blood sugar level. After some years, they start to get damaged leading to kidney diseases. Usually, in 15 to 20 years, a diabetic develops kidney diseases. Kidney failure may also occur in the advance stage.

Infections: It is rightly said that infections and diabetes go hand in hand. High blood sugar level weakens the immune system of a diabetic and that gives rise to infections. The infections that a person diagnosed with diabetes has to face include foot infections, yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Reduced blood flow to the organ of the body, that is far from heart, like foot, also increases the risk of infections.
Eye Diseases: The veins of the retina of the persons diagnosed with diabetes become narrow, giving rise to a number of retinal diseases, like Cataracts, Retinopathy and Glaucoma. The balance of fluid in the lens of the eyes gets disturbed owing to the frequently changing blood sugar level. It gives rise to other less known health complications, like double vision, blurred vision or partial blindness.

Diabetic Neuropathy: The medical term neuropathy means nerve damage. If blood glucose is not under control (in case of diabetics), the nerves of the body get severely damaged, giving rise to diabetic neuropathy. It is the health complication that is diagnosed when the nerves become unable to send messages to the brain and other parts of the body. Nerve damage is characterised by tingling, burning or stabbing-like pain in the hands, feet or other parts of the body. Loss of feeling may also occur in the foot, making your injury at this part of your body go unnoticed.
The organs that are most affected by this disease are the legs. Even the big injury on foot goes unnoticed due to the numbness that is caused in feet. If the injury is not examined and treated early, amputation (surgical removal of the foot) may become inevitable to prevent the infection to spread in other parts of the body.
Dental Problems: The diabetics are more likely to develop periodontal disease, a disease that is characterised by the inflammation of tissues that surround and support the teeth. This disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious disease. Diabetics do not get adequate blood supply in their gums and that result into gum diseases including periodontal disease.
It is important here to know that the above-mentioned health complications include, but not limited to the health complications arising out of diabetes.
The panacea of these health-related problems lies in the early diagnosis of diabetes and its proper treatment. Reversing Diabetes is very much possible nowadays and hence the diabetics can reap immense health benefits out of the treatment available.
                                                                          ----Ashish Jha

Diabetes Myths

The diabetics of today have to face a number of problems. The stage of this disease varies from person to person. But, one thing that is invariably common to all is the misconception. Yes, you heard it right. There are many myths associated with diabetes. And all the diabetics have to live under the shadow of the threats that actually do not exist.
Given below are some of the myths that are exclusive to the diabetics:

Diabetes is Caused from Eating Sugar

Contrary to the popular belief, diabetes is not caused by eating sugar. It is rather developed from a blend of genetic disposition and lifestyle. There are some symptoms of this disease, but  sugar alone is not the contributing factor.

Sugar or anything sweet is poison to Diabetics

It is another outrageous lie associated with diabetics. Though intake of sweet more than what is known as moderate, is detrimental to all–regardless of diabetics or non-diabetics, it is a blatant lie to claim that sugar and diabetics cannot go together.
I am not talking about the artificial sweeteners, like Sucralose, Aspartame, etc. that are synthetic and cause side effects, but there are some natural sweeteners, that besides being sweet in taste, also lower the blood sugar level.

Diabetes can be Cured

The society we live in is replete with fraudulent or ignorant pretenders to medical skills. There are quacks who claim to cure the disease in fifteen days. And the credulous diabetics go to them with the hope that their diabetes will be cured. But, what they get is wastage of money and anguish. The fact of the matter is that diabetes, by all means, cannot be cured.

Exposure to Diabetics will Make you Get Diabetes

There is no dearth of the people who firmly believe that Diabetes is a contagious disease. Hence, they do not want to hobnob with diabetics, for they believe, it will make them diabetic too. But, the fact is, it is not a disease that can be passed from one person to another like  virus.
The above myths include, but not limited to the myths associated with diabetes.

                                                      ---Ashish Jha

Health Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes is a progressive disease. That means, its condition worsens with age. If proper medical care and precaution is not exercised, over time it may affect vital body parts, namely skin, mouth, teeth foot, eyes, nerves, kidneys and heart. These problems are known as complications. But, the good news is that it can be reversed with nutritional food supplements, recommended lifestyle and dietary changes and exercise regimen.

Given below are the complications that arise out of diabetes:

Skin Complications –Skin-related complications sometimes become the first symptom that someone is suffering from diabetes. It is the causative agent of a number of skin-related problems, such as infections, itching and sores.
Oral Disease – Diabetics are at more risk of getting oral health complications than non-diabetics. People with diabetes have to face higher risk of dry mouth, burning mouth/tongue and poor healing of oral tissues. The disease may lead to complications related with teeth and gums, known as periodontitis and gingivitis.

Foot Problems— Diabetes may lead to infection to the feet. The Infection may lead to gangrene in some cases. Therefore, people with diabetes are always suggested to wear the best shoes to contain infection in their feet. In some diabetics, cessation of blood flow to the feet also occurs. Resultantly, they start getting non-functional.
Eye Complications: Diabetes causes eye problems like Glaucoma(gradual loss of vision due to damage of retina and nerve) and Cataracts(impaired vision as a part of eye, known as lens, becomes cloudy). People with diabetes have also higher risk of blindness.
Nerve Damage (neuropathy) – Nerves are spread all over the body. These are defined as bundle of fibres that transmits impulses of sensation to the brain and impulses from these to the muscles and organs. These are like electric wires. Diabetes cause damage to these nerves.

Kidney-related Complications—Diabetes is the main cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. When people with diabetes experience kidney-related complications, they have to undergo dialysis, and when even dialysis proves to be of little help, they have to go for kidney transplant.
Heart Disease – Compared with the people who do not have diabetes, the diabetics are at higher risk of getting heart disease. Apart, they may even develop heart disease at a very younger age. They also tend to suffer from severe heart disease.
The Good News
The good news is that diabetics can now keep their hopes alive. With the nutritional food supplements coupled with recommended lifestyle and dietary changes, exercise regimen, the people suffering from diabetes can reverse the disease.
                                            -----Ashish Jha