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The somewhat bizarre remark that “peacocks don’t have sex” came from Mahesh Chandra Sharma, the judge of the Rajasthan High Court, has led to some real light banter on Twitter.

The NDTV quoted the judge’s remarks that he made in his media talk. “The peacock is a lifelong Brahmachari (celibate). It never has sex with the peahen. The peahen gets pregnant after swallowing the tears of the peacock,” Judge Mahesh Chandra Sharma told reporters on Wednesday.

The judge has been in for some light trolling and it is a much-needed deviation from news relating to deaths, chaos, and tensions.

He made these baffling remarks while comparing the sanctity of peacocks with cows. “The peacock is celibate and that’s why it is worn by Lord Krishna on his forehead. Similarly, the cow has many divine qualities,” he said.

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This is not the first time he has made these assertions. The Indian Express reported that in a ruling on a peacock poaching case, Justice Sharma, on January 11, 2016, made the same observation about how the peacock is a “Brahmachari” (celibate).

In his order, Justice Sharma cited some research work and named some scientists. One of those quoted was “German scientist Rudle Steiner”, which is an apparent reference to Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), an Austrian philosopher, architect, and esotericist.

The remark cracked up the Twitter users. The judge has been in for some light trolling and it is a much-needed deviation from news relating to deaths, chaos, and tensions.

Cows should be declared as the national animal

He said that cow is the only living being which intakes oxygen and emits oxygen and the animal is a hospital in itself. Besides, he said that drinking cow milk prevents cancer from entering the blood cells.

The outgoing Judge earlier got the limelight on his last day at the office when he called upon the state and central government to declare cow as the national animal. The judge was hearing a compliance report on the management of a cow shelter near state capital Jaipur when he made the observations.

Talking about the sanctity of the cow, he said that it is believed that 33 crore gods and goddesses reside inside the cow and the animal appeared along with goddess Lakshmi during the churning of the ocean in Hindu mythology. He further talked about the other benefits that cows could give if they were protected.

He said that cow is the only living being which intakes oxygen and emits oxygen and the animal is a hospital in itself. Besides, he said that drinking cow milk prevents cancer from entering the blood cells. Further, he discussed other benefits of cow’s urine, which according to him not only keeps the liver, mind, and heart healthy but also washes away one’s sins, if consumed.

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At a time when Hindutva ideology is seeping in the society and polity, this order is reflective of efforts to marginalize other communities in India, especially the Muslims and untouchable Dalits. It must be reminded that the distaste for the Dalits was evident when villagers were asked to “clean themselves” before meeting the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath last week.

Besides suggesting that the cow should be venerated because of the aforementioned reasons, Justice Sharma also recommended to the state government that the penalty for cow killing should be life imprisonment.

“Nepal is a Hindu nation and has declared the cow as its national animal…It is expected from the state government that they should take action to get a legal entity for the cow in this country.”
– Justice Sharma

Though the news is being taken in the lighter vein the insistence on creating an exclusively Hindu-country is a dent to India highly-touted secular credentials, but is in line with the Hindutva brand of nationalism that is being expressed through the state and the government.

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