Note of Justice Guman Mal Lodha, Acting Chairman
I have discussed the report with Shri Dharampal Ji at Sevagram, as his resignation, which was pending for more than three months, has not been accepted and he is required to continue. Shri Dharampal has, while expressing gratefulness to the Acting Chairman for shouldering the responsibility of the Chairman of the Commission for almost the whole year, has also, by and large, approved the report. He has however, desired that a supplementary note from him may even now be appended at the end of the Report of the Commission, even after the last word. He has also desired that, in his absence, the Acting Chairman should present the Report of the Commission to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and all concerned.
2. With the broad approval of the report by Shri Dharampal and similarly by the Hon’ble Justice R. N. Misra, M.P., both of whom have given supporting notes, which have been included in the report now, the Commission’s report in the final shape is with broad approval of these two high dignitaries and blessings cum broad approval of H.H. Jagadguru Sri Sri Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamiji of Bangalore. It has been signed and wholly and totally approved by the following Members of the Commission.
1. Justice Guman Mal Lodha, Acting Chairman
2. Master Munshi Singh
3. Shri Manchana Gunde Rao
4. Shri Hukum Chand Sawla
5. Shri C. Udayabhaskar Nair
6. Shri Kesri Chand Mehta
7. Shri Sunil B. Mansinghka
8. Shri Bhawarlal Kothari
9. Shri K.L. Godha
10. Shri P. Haridas
11. Smt. Gohar Aziz
3. Thus the Commission’s Report is unanimous so far as the recommendations and broad views of it are concerned but with consensus, that is 11 out of 15Members, with no note of dissent of any Member. I am, therefore, extremely grateful to all the Members of Commission and to the Chairman, Shri Dharampal, who has repeatedly stated in letters to H.H. Shankaracharyaji and to me, that this is, in fact, Acting Chairman Justice Guman Mal Lodha’s report and it should be treated as such, the Report having been prepared with the help and assistance and inputs of the other Members, including the Convenors and Consultants. I feel greatly honoured on being conferred with the privilege of being author-cum-editor of this voluminous report of 1500 pages in 4 volumes, staring from the nomadic age when cow and cattle were accepted in the world and so far as our own country “ Bharat Mata” is concerned from the epic of “Samundra Manthan” in which Kamdhenu came out as 13th Jewel (Ratan). From that age till today, 21th century, they are witnessing height of materialism and impact of western philosophy culture and living in our country of Vedic rich culture saints and sages.
4. I am making this presentation with some trump cards in our armory, the greatest being Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan’s clarion call for the cow slaughter prohibition embodied in the last cover page. The Hon’ble Prime Minister is also a cow-worshipper, and had done Go-Puja at Lucknow before filing his nomination, after which he received the support of the greatest and largest democracy of the world of 1000 crore people. This fact assures the country that the report would be a mile-stone in the fulfillment of the age-old, peoples’ demand, echoed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister himself, when he first took the oath in 1996. While giving the agenda of his Government, he proclaimed the following pledge through Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma, the then President of India on 24.5.1996.
“In order to ensure COW PROTECTION, and to impose a total BAN on the SLAUGHTER OF COWS and COW PROGENY, Government will take suitable measures.”
5. We, all Members of the Commission, express our gratefulness to the people of India, who participated in public hearings throughout the country, including the Government officers, who have inspired us to successfully discharge this onerous function of producing a voluminous report, may be one of the biggest in the history of reports on speechless, deaf and dumb cattle, worshiped as Kamdhenu and called as Gomata, named as such after the birth-giving Mata and Bharat Mata.
6. With the above, I have the honour of submitting and presenting this report to all concerned, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, concerned Ministers and also the important heads of the organisations and Saints, who are cattle lovers, may be as users or as worshipers.
(Justice Guman Mal Lodha)
Place : New Delhi
Date : 29.07.2002