• Short Summary

    IN NEW DELHI, SEVEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 45 OTHERS INJURED WHEN POLICE OPENED FIRE ON ANTI-COW SLAUGHTER DEMONSTRATORS ON MONDAY (NOV. 7).

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    IN NEW DELHI, SEVEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 45 OTHERS INJURED WHEN POLICE OPENED FIRE ON ANTI-COW SLAUGHTER DEMONSTRATORS ON MONDAY (NOV. 7). THE SHOOTING OCCURRED WHEN THOUSANDS OF DEMONSTRATORS LED BY ORANGE-ROBED HINDU HOLY MEN TRIED TO STORM PARLIAMENT. THEY CHANTED: "STOP KILLING OUR HOLY MOTHER COW", AND "WE ARE READY TO DIE SO THAT COWS MAY LIVE."
    AS THE PROCESSION GATHERED OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT, THERE WAS TROUBLE INSIDE. A HINDU PRIEST, SWAMI RAMESHWAR ANAND, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE, DEFIED AN ORDER TO QUIET THE CHAMBER AFTER TRYING TO RAISE THE COW-SLAUGHTER ISSUE WITHOUT THE SPEAKER'S PERMISSION. THE EXCITEMENT AND TENSION INSIDE INFECTED THE HUGE CROWDS OUTSIDE.

    AS POLICE ON FOOT AND HORSEBACK FOUGHT THE DEMONSTRATORS BACK WITH BATONS, BULLETS AND TEAR GAS, THE CROWDS RETREATED AND RAN RIOT THROUGH THE CITY, LEAVING A TRAIL OF RUIN BEHIND. AMONG THE DEAD WAS A HOLY MAN.

    WHILE RETREATING, THEY SET ABLAZE DOZENS OF CARS AND SCOOTERS. ANGRY HINDUS ALSO HURLED BRICKS AND STONES AT THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING.

    THE AGITATION OVER THE KILLING OF COWS -- WHICH HINDUS WORSHIP AS A SYMBOL OF MOTHERHOOD AND FERTILITY -- HAS MOUNTED OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS WITH PARLIAMENT BEING PRESSED TO IMPOSE A NATION-WIDE BAN ON THE SLAUGHTER OF THE ANIMALS.

    AT PRESENT, A TOTAL BAN EXISTS IN ONLY FIVE OUT OF INDIA'S 16 STATES.

    MRS. INDIRA GANDHI'S GOVERNMENT IS CAUGHT LITERALLY ON THE HORNS OF THE DILEMMA. ON THE ONE SIDE THERE IS THE FANATICAL RELIGIOUS FEELING OF THE HINDUS. ON THE OTHER, THE FACT THAT 80 MILLION USELESS COWS IN A LAND OF POVERTY AND NEAR FAMINE ARE UNDERFED YIELD NO MILK, AND ABSORB LABOUR AND SCARCE FODDER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE4XFGOCIOORFWLNN0K2XRMVL8
    Media URN:
    VLVAE4XFGOCIOORFWLNN0K2XRMVL8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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