29 Sep 2008 3 Comments
The thing that give us hope. Last Saturday over one thousand people rallied against animal sacrifice. They walked from Badrakali temple (notorious for sacrifice) to the Mandala at Maitighar, carrying playcard and banners saying ‘Stop Animal Sacrifice’ and ‘Animals look up to you, don’t let them down’. Animal Nepal participated with banners showing the sad looking goddess Kali carrying a beheaded goat, questioning ‘Do worship and cruelty go together?’
There was talk of cancellation, and for good reasons. After Finance Minister Bhatterai announced the government would no longer spend millions on animal sacrifice thousands of angry Newars hit the street. The city came to a standstill and cars and buses were vandalised in what are now known as the ‘buffalo riots’.
The Newars, the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, did not want to give up their ‘right’ to publicly sacrifice innocent animals, with State support. Two days later the Minister gave in. This Dasain again hundreds of buffaloes, goats, chicken, and other creatures will be publicly beheaded, and the nation will be watching it live on TV.
The anti-sacrifice rally incluced many Newars and representatives of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian religion. They wonder what kind of State the New Nepal will be. If animal sacrifice is paid for, then what about other religious rituals? Will we soon have ‘ramadan riots’, ‘lhosar riots’ and ‘Christmas riots’?