Cow vigilantism a ‘nasur’ for India, says Tanzanian lawmaker of Indian- origin

NEW DELHI: A Tanzanian lawmaker of Indian- origin said on Tuesday that he was deeply concerned over cow vigilantism in India, and claimed that it has become a “nasur” (the Hindi word for a life-threatening situation) for the country.

Salim Hasan Turki, a two-time lawmaker of the Tanzanian ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), said he has raised the issue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Part of the Tanzanian delegation, here to attend the First PIO-Parliamentary Conference, Turky was also one of the speakers at the day-long event.

“We are proud of what Modi government is doing in the world and in the country. But one thing is not good for India and I call it as a ‘nasur’ and that is cow vigilantism,” Turky said on the sidelines of the event.

“We don’t live in India, but in the news, specially the (electronic) media you find even the clips of people being killed, being provoked. This is like discrimination,” he said.

Turky’s great-grandfather migrated to Tanzania about 185 years ago from Gujarat’s Kutch region.

When asked why he did not raise the issue in the conference, he said that it would have “made the atmosphere bad”.

“I have raised the issue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. She said these issues have been exaggerated,” Turky claimed.

His remarks come in the backdrop of incidents of violence allegedly committed by cow vigilantes in some states in the recent past.
He drew a parallel to the albinos in his country, who are killed as their body parts are considered as lucky. Turky said the Tanzanian government came hard on those involved in killing of albinos.

In 2015, Tanzania banned witch doctors in an attempt to curb a rising wave of attacks and murders of albinos whose body parts are prized for witchcraft.