Kerala Youth Congress’leadership refuses to learn its lessons

Kerala Youth Congress’leadership refuses to learn its lessons

3 Kerala Youth Congress Workers Suspended Over Slaughtering An Ox In Public

Three Kerala Youth Congress workers suspended for slaughtering

Three Kerala Youth Congress workers suspended for slaughtering

The enthusiastic members of the Kerala Youth Congress probably thought it would be a striking idea to register protest against the recent Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) order to ban sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter from live animal markets.

Clad in crisp white lungi and white shirt, they held the Congress flag in their hands and loaded themselves and a calf in a small truck, to slaughter the animal in broad daylight, in full public view. It was probably their version of a civil disobedience movement or some kind of beef party as organised by Engineer Rashid in Kashmir, the difference being the Congress workers in Kerala did not cook it, but distributed the raw meat free.

Youth Congress leaders didn’t fully realise the implications of their act. Congress’ strongest leader, Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother Indira Gandhi, had chosen cow and calf symbol after the party split into Congress (O) and Congress (R) in the months following her elevation to the leadership position. The party’s original symbol ‘pair of bullocks carrying a yoke’ went to Congress (O), Congress (R), headed by Indira, chose ‘cow and calf’ (Gai-bachra) as its symbol in 1969. Indira with the symbol and the ‘garibi hatao‘ (remove poverty) slogan swept the 1971 polls.

Kerala Youth Congress

During Emergency in 1975 and post-Emergency in 1977, Congress’ cow and calf symbol was ridiculed with Indira being projected as the cow and Sanjay Gandhi as calf. The Congress split again in 1977 with senior leaders like Jagjivan Ram leaving the party, forcing Indira to rename the party as Congress (I) and opt for a new ‘hand’ symbol.

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Though it has been close to 40 years since the time Congress abandoned the cow-calf symbol, now the same taunt is being hurled at Sonia and Rahul.

Therefore, it was not surprising that Rahul or his office promptly took to twitter condemning the incident in the strongest possible terms: “What happened in Kerala yesterday is thoughtless, barbaric& completely unacceptable to me &the Congress Party. I strongly condemn the incident.”

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