All hail the Gau Mata!
School students in Rajasthan will now receive a letter from the Holy Cow, all thanks to the Rajathan government's new textbook initiative.
In a chapter titled 'Kamdhenu', in Standard V Hindi textbooks, the cow - as a mother- writes a letter to little children. She starts the narration with addressing students as "my sons and daughters", and states how she bestows energy, intelligence, strength etc to an individual. She goes on to discuss the role of a mother.
The letter also discusses the cow's contribution to society. The letter quotes (translated from Hindi) "Through milk, butter and ghee, I produce the nectar of life... My urine and cow-dung acts like medicines, fertilizers and pesticides. My child, bullock, helps agriculture as a form of transport. My breath cleanses the atmosphere. By touching my feet, you will be blessed."
The chapter comprises an image of a cow, which has several other images of Gods and Goddesses embossed on it.
There's a note on the top of the page, which states that the chapter has no weightage in examinations and is meant for reading purposes.
Currently, Rajasthan is the only state government which has a a dedicated ministry to cows, Directorate of Gopalan.