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Debate on Shambo the Sacred Bull Continues

Shambo, the sacred bull at Skanda Vale that created headlines around the world, is dead but a debate on whether Shambo row has undermined Hinduism's credibility or not is on in Britain. Two articles in Newstatesman one by Ramesh Kallidai, the Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain, and another by Jay Lakhani, a Hindu Educationalist, explores the two divergent views.

According to Jay Lakhani the ‘Save Shambo’ saga has done severe damage to the public image of Hinduism. Ramesh Kallidai maintains that the views of Hindus who campaigned for Shambo were best for them.

There is no doubt that Shambo episode captured the imagination of so many people around the world.

Brahman concept of Hinduism strongly suggests that human beings are part of Nature just like other living beings and are dependent on each other. Worship of the cow is a part of the Brahman concept.

But today Human Beings behave and live as if they are above Nature. We humans have broken all the laws of Nature. Nature has its own ways to eliminate a diseased animal or human being. But our infringement with Nature has completely destroyed this natural elimination process.

Therefore in the present unnatural situation it would be wise to heed to science and eliminate disease spreading animals.

A peaceful protest like the one conducted by Skanda Vale community members is necessary because it will create an awareness among the general public that animals and plants too have a right to exist on the earth freely like human beings. The protest is not to protect any religious belief but for reminding people about the universal truth.