Robert Slattery is a writer living in Western North Carolina. He enjoys music and all sorts of other things.
Cow Urine & Politics
Opinion – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party in India, attributes its recent successful win to that time tested miracle elixir we all guzzle, cow urine. And, as incredible as this stuff is, the BJP is hoping to make it available to the people as a filtered, concentrated “juice” called “Ark.”
The urine is believed to help myriad ailments, including “various diseases from cancer to injuries,” or so says the party’s national general secretary, Thawarchand Gehlot.
And if the religious fanaticism wasn’t enough, they’re political. The group represents a unified, if confused, Hindu conservative political party of the fundamentalist extremist variety. In the past, they have been compared to the American Republican party, but the comparison may not be accurate. There are Republicans who struggle to choke down their own words, let alone cow piss. These folks bottle it.
According to the BJP, cow dung also has quite the list of benefits including protection from both earthquakes and radiation.
While there is a lot to be said for natural alternatives and even more to be said about respecting a group’s religious beliefs no matter how illogical, I think I’ll wait for the science on the health benefits of consuming anything evacuated from an animal, no matter how sacred. And maybe not even then.
Read more at the Global Post.