The Minister for State (Agriculture and Food Processing Industries) Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan unveiled said that Malviya Ji established many care centers for the protection of cows. The Hasananda Gochara Bhumi was started by him in 1935 and was one of the earliest modern goshalas in Vrindavan.
He said that the BJP Government is continuously trying to protect and promote cows for irrigation reasons. The famous saint from Barsana Ramesh Baba said that Malviya ji was the one of the greatest social activists of India and a great philosopher. Swami Govindanand Tirth Maharaj led the discussion and said that Malviya Ji will always be remembered as a great social activist and a true nationalist.
Dr. Suresh Dwivedi, Suresh Chandra Agarwal, Chandra Mohan, Madhav Gopal Das, Devi Das, Dr. Kapil Mohan Varshney, Rakesh Bansal, Lokesh and Baba Damodar Das and others were honored for their services to cow welfare.
In 1934, two villages, Ahilyaganj and Durera, fell on the road from Mathura to Vrindavan. The owners of the land were two brothers Munna Lal and Vitthal. Most of the land was uncultivated and filled with scrub trees. This land was thus left to the villagers for cattle grazing, but the brothers charged one ana (1/16th of a rupee) for grazing rights.
One day, one of the villagers was caught for not paying the grazing rights, after a period of two weeks in which his herd of fourteen animals had been feeding there. The manager of the brothers’ estate had the poor villager caught and tied him up, refusing to release him until he managed to come up with the arrears.
On that very day, a sadhu from Punjab named Hasananda was walking along this road on his way to visit Vrindavan. Being thirsty, he entered the jamindari property and saw the villager tied up. He asked why and learned the reason. On hearing the reason, the Mahatma immediately left the place without even drinking water and without going to the Holy Dham Vrindavan. Instead he headed for Varanasi where he met with Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviyaji.
He said to him, “You have created such a big Hindu University, but did you know that in the land of Krishna, who was a lover of cows, people have to pay a tax to graze their cattle?”
“So what should I do?” asked Malaviyaji.
The sadhu said, “Buy the land near Durera and let it be used for free grazing for the cows.” So in 1935, the Mathura-Vrindavan Hasanand Gochar Bhumi Trust was formed and purchased 1005 acres of land. Many famous industrialists of the period accompanied Madan Mohan Malviya in the effort, including Jugal Kishore Birla, Deep Chandra Poddar, Bhagirath Mal Dalmia, and others.
Unfortunately, after the demise of Pandit Malviya, much of the land was taken over by the government, and only 55 acres remains in the hands of the Goshala. Of these, only ten acres are viable, since the groundwater is mostly salty in this area. In order to make these ten acres functional in producing feed for the cows, fresh water will have to be pumped in from over two kilometers away for which at least rupees 5 lacs. The Trust is making an appeal for donors to come forth to help improve their seva to the cows. Their various projects are listed HERE.
Malviya and Gandhi disagreed on banning cow slaughter in India. Malviya said, “The first section of Indian Constitution should be on prohibition for cow slaughter.” Gandhi on the other hand thought such a ban could not be imposed on non-Hindus.
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