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The cow has been held sacred by Indians since time immemorial. It is  a provider - not only of milk but of a large quantity of energy utilized by Indians.
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The Sacred Cow!

The concept of ‘sacred cow’ has been a part of India’s cultural ethos since time immemorial. It stems from the many benefits rendered by the cow to ease the burden of the poor. It provides subsistence — not just milk alone- but also as a mobile ‘thermal and chemical factory’. Cow dung serves both as fuel and manure.

A scientific study reported that the total efficiency of the 'desi' (indigenous) cattle in terms of energy output amounts to 17 per cent as opposed to 4 per cent for the American Beef Cattle. The reason being, the optimal utilization of all it's products.

According to the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), cattle dung in India has a fuel value equivalent to 35 million tonnes of coal or 68 million tonnes of wood. An estimated one-third of the dung, amounting to some 300 million tonnes, is used as fuel in rural houses. Another 340 million tonnes go back to the soil as organic fertilizer. The available energy from animal power is estimated at around 60,000 million kilo-watt hours, valued at between Rs 60,000 to 100,000 million from 70 million bullocks, 8 million buffaloes, one million horses and another million camels. To generate this amount of energy by modern industrial processes would cost three times as much. It is estimated that animal power accounts for 66 per cent of the total energy utilized in India as against only 14 per cent from other conventional sources such as coal.

The contribution of the Indian cow to the survival of the rural poor is indeed significant. No wonder, she is regarded as ‘sacred’ and ‘holy’!

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