The so-called Gujarat Model is what led to Modi’s rise. A magnet for investors, an industrial hub, a wannabe financial centre, above average GDP growth, ~7-8% of India’s economy….the State would be ignored by industry at its own peril.
Hence, a Gujarat CM’s opinions attract a fair degree of attention. Vijay Rupani, given charge of the State after Anadiben Patel’s failure in managing multiple crises, in charge of administration and more importantly, ensure a BJP win in November 2017 weighed in on Beef Politics with this tweet:
The bovine platitudes in this tweet ranged from the ridiculous (like ‘single-most’) to the absurd (relevant for the ‘whole world’) to the pathetic (the ‘moral and spiritual’ precedence). Rather than lampoon this tweet on histrionics or anecdotal arguments, let’s use irrefutable data. The proposition is that beef consumers are morally and spiritually degraded and that saving the cow is the only salvation for the whole world. So let’s compare the paapi cow slaughterers of the world with India:
Firstly, who are the biggest sinners?
Despite being the 5th largest Beef exporter of the world, India hardly consumes any of the stuff itself. Most of what it does is Buffalo meat anyway. So India compares well with these lands of sinners.
Now, all this beastly consumption of the sacred cow must screw with people’s intellect first, surely reducing them to brainless twits? Look at the PISA scores of the countries for this. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in member and non-member nations of 15-year-old school pupils’ scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading.
Sooooo….there’s no salvation here from not enjoying those steaks.
Next up, HDI. The Human Development Index is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income per capita indicators.
On this composite indicator, Indians do not enjoy a longer, smarter, or richer life by avoiding Beef.
What’s left? Let’s include one materialistic parameter. GDP per capita. To be fair, let’s use PPP basis, which adjusts for the lower price levels in India and thus ranks the country higher.
So big-time Beef consuming populations are smarter, healthier, richer, and fairer societies and the people there live longer!
I am not even beginning to suggest that we should start eating Beef to get as rich, healthy, or smart as them. The data above does not suggest that if one believes that correlation is not causation. The rhetoric from fanatics (even more definitely) does not suggest that we are going to gain anything from avoiding cow slaughter.
Then again, Vijay Rupani may be on to something. After all, ‘moral and spiritual degradation’ is so much more of a threat than hunger, malnutrition, poverty, or illiteracy. In the after-life anyway.
Disclaimer: Written by a sworn vegetarian who does not envy his abilities in Science, Math, or Reading but recognises right wing bovine excreta when he sees it.