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People in India Claim Cow Urine Prevents COVID-19 as Muslims Blamed for “Corona Jihad”

The consumption of cow urine is being touted for its alleged immunity-boosting properties.



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(TMU) — As India struggles with the deadly impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the South Asian nation has been placed under lockdown by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At the same time, locals have improvised ways to prevent infections amid fears that the country’s healthcare services are woefully underprepared for what could be a major disaster.

In the state of Gujarat, one of these remedies has been the consumption of cow urine, which is being touted by officials for its alleged immunity-boosting properties and abilities to protect people from CoViD-19. The state has long been a stronghold for the Hindu supremacist ideology or Hindutva that Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) upholds.

Economic Times reports that the sale of the cow urine—referred to locally as goumutra—has been on the rise since the outbreak of the disease, with locals drinking the piddle in fresh liquid form or drinking and gargling it in condensed form.

According to Vallabh Kathiria, the chairman of the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog—an agency established by Modi for the “conservation, protection and development of cows,” according to a government press release—cow urine can even be used as a body spray that would ward off “malicious microbes” like the coronavirus.

Kathieria, who previously served as a Union minister of state for health and family welfare, told Economic Times:

“Apart from improving digestion, goumutra strengthens the lymphocytes and is reach in antioxidants.

[The] use of cow urine kills bacteria and would definitely be helpful in fighting the coronavirus.”

Labhshankar Rajgore, another so-called “cow activist” in the region, also told the newspaper that he planned to develop cow urine-based hand sanitizers, noting that the urine-based body spray he had invented in 2007 had proven “useful to keep the virus away along with many other harmful germs.”

The reported surge in cow urine sales comes after an activist with the ruling BJP was arrested after he organized a party last month where participants drank cow urine to combat the novel coronavirus. One of the participants who drank the cow urine eventually became sick.

Dilip Ghosh, the president of the BJP’s West Bengal branch, complained to AFP that the arrest of the party leader was “unfortunate” and ran contrary to the “democratic” nature of India. Ghosh added that “everyone has the right to express his opinion.”

The popularity of the remedy—which hasn’t been proven to have any medicinal qualities whatsoever—shows the extent to which a historically secular Indian society is being transformed by superstitious ideology of religious Hindu supremacists, who venerate cows as holy and embodying goddess-like properties.

The rise in superstitions surrounding the excrement of supposedly “sacred” cows has coincided with a rise in anti-Muslim violence by Hindutva adherents, as well as controversial attempts to pass laws like the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) that India’s 200 million Muslims fear would effectively strip them of their citizenship. India’s minorities fear that the actions of the ruling BJP, a party that originated in a political movement inspired in part by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party, could lead to a “Muslim Holocaust” if they are unchecked.

Unrest surrounding the CAA and NRC saw months of protests earlier this year culminated in February with deadly anti-Muslim mob violence and riots in the capital, New Delhi.

Muslims are now being blamed for the spread of CoViD-19 after dozens of cases of the novel virus were linked to a Muslim missionary group’s annual conference in March. This has led to social media users spreading false rumors and fake news about the Islamic community in India waging a so-called “corona jihad” or “bio jihad.”

The “corona jihad” builds on the Hindu nationalist claim that Muslims are trying to “Islamicize” India. A similar concept, “love jihad,” claims that Muslim men are targeting Hindu women for seduction in order to convert them to Islam.

Last year, BJP leader Ranjit Bahadur Srivastava also accused Muslims of waging “love jihad” against the so-called “Hindu nation”—this time by keeping cattle in their homes. The BJP leader added that the bovine creatures were not only Hindus themselves, but should also be treated as mothers.

Speaking to Asian News International, the BJP leader said:

“Cows in the houses of Muslims should be taken back. When we consider girls from our homes going to their homes as ‘love jihad’, shouldn’t we consider [sacred cows] going to their homes ‘love jihad’ too? This is love jihad. Cows should be taken back from them at any cost.

…Goat is their mother. They should opt for goat rearing. Why do they rear cows? This is love jihad. I am against it.”

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida



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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son



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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Blue Whales Return to Spain’s Coast After Disappearing for 40 Years



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Blue whales have been returning to the Atlantic coast of Spain after an absence of over 40 years in the region, when whaling industries drove the species to the brink of extinction.

Blue whales, which are the world’s largest mammals, had long disappeared from the region until the recent sightings.

The first was spotted off the coast of Galicia near Ons Island by marine biologist Bruno Díaz, who heads the Bottlenose Dolphin Research.

Another one of the majestic creatures was spotted the following year in 2018 and yet another in 2019. In 2020, two whales again made their return to the area.

It remains unclear as of yet as to why the creatures have returned to the area, but controls on local whaling industries are believed to play a role.

“I believe the moratorium on whaling has been a key factor,” Díaz remarked, according to the Guardian. “In the 1970s, just before the ban was introduced, an entire generation of blue whales disappeared. Now, more than 40 years later, we’re seeing the return of the descendants of the few that survived.”

Whaling had been a traditional industry in Galicia for hundreds of years before Spain finally acted to ban whaling in 1986, long after the blue whale’s presence in the region had faded away.

Some fear that the return of the massive sea mammals is a sign of global warming.

“I’m pessimistic because there’s a high possibility that climate change is having a major impact on the blue whale’s habitat,” said marine biologist Alfredo López in comments to La Voz de Galicia.

“Firstly, because they never venture south of the equator, and if global warming pushes this line north, their habitat will be reduced,” he continued “And secondly, if it means the food they normally eat is disappearing, then what we’re seeing is dramatic and not something to celebrate.”

Díaz said that while the data certainly supports this theory, it is too early to determine climate as the precise cause.

“It is true that the data we have points to this trend [climate change] but it is not enough yet,” he told Público news.

Another possibility is that the ancestral memory of the old creatures or even a longing for their home may offer an explanation, according to Díaz.

“In recent years it’s been discovered that the blue whale’s migration is driven by memory, not by environmental conditions,” he said. “This year there hasn’t been a notable increase in plankton, but here they are. Experiences are retained in the collective memory and drive the species to return.”

In recent years, researchers have found that migratory patterns are also driven by the cultural knowledge existing in many groups of species.

Researchers believe this type of folk memory, or cultural knowledge, exists in many species and is key to their survival.

A typical blue whale is 20-24 metres long and weighs 120 tonnes – equivalent to 16 elephants – but specimens of up to 30 metres and 170 tonnes have been found.

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