Prospering Economy vs. Religious Beliefs

Prospering Economy vs. Religious Beliefs India is in the midst of making its place in the world through economic, political and cultural aspects. In an article titled “Growing Beef Trade Hits India’s Sacred Cow”, the discussion of religious compromise for economic affluence is discussed. As of 2014, India has become the world’s third largest beef exporter which is a heartbreaking shock for the dominating religion in India, Hinduism. In the Hindu religion, the cow is symbolised as holy, pure and divine. “The cow represents our country, our culture and in the Hindu religion” says Ashoo Mongia, the head of the cow protection enforcement team.  Going against ancient tradition has raised outrage within many communities and they have been working on eliminating beef trade in India. Despite the religious hindrance India faces the question of whether a price can be put on religious beliefs is brought to attention. This question is difficult to answer by economic industries as cow exporting has brought a significant amount of money into the market. Approximately $1.24 billion dollars of profit was made in 2010 and another $500 million is made through underground beef trading every year. If the act was to be mandated, the consequences could pose to be very beneficial to India. Another reason why religion is not a good enough reason for businesses to stop the exporting is that there is high demand in neighbouring countries. Despite all the influential reasons to continue beef trade, it is important to address the question of whether it is worth compromising the virtues and principles of religious societies for economic and political power. Also, is this supremacy going to last if it is built on immorality? Dr. S.K Ranjhan believes that the profits are more advantageous than the compromise of religious beliefs. An argument made by Mongia brings about the idea that cows are not simply for food and trading. Cows are a source of fuel, manure and fertiliser. I agree with Mongia in terms that there should be no compromise of religion and sacred beliefs for the profit of few businesses and underground markets. If a country were to sacrifice the principles held by majority of the population, would the country truly be a strong, unified and moral nation? Therefore, would this country’s foundation be fragile or resilient? Stated by Mongia “the cow is regarded by Hindus as gau mata, or maternal figure and has had a long-standing central role in India’s religious rituals”. I believe that India’s economy should not compromise the trust and beliefs of the approximate 80% of people that are identified as Hindus. I feel this could bring about detrimental effects and would cause more obstructions in the path of economic prosperity. As Mongia stated, the cow is very resourceful in ways other than food and that should be taken into account. In conclusion, I feel that a nation’s prosperity should be developed with pride and morality rather than neglecting a major religion.


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