The coalition government in Karnataka has reportedly decided to release Rs 30 crore—yes, Rs 300,000,000 i.e. three followed by nine zeroes—to Sri Raghaveshwara Bharati of the Ramachandrapura Mutt in Hosanagar in Shimoga district.
Purpose: “to protect native cows”.
Sure, it’s a coalition government, with the party of the second part being the honourable Bharatiya Janata Party which believes massaging the cow can appease the masses. Sure, Shimoga is the home-district of the deputy chief minister and chief minister in waiting, B.S. Yediyurappa.
Have the cabinet and the legislature okayed the move? If so, does such an effusive wastage of public money justify the cause? What, in particular, is the mutt’s or the mutt head’s expertise? If native cows are in danger, why can’t the task of protecting them be given to more qualified scientists and experts?