Pearls of wisdom coming from none other than the top man of an India state, the size of Switzerland, with a population of little over 10 million. (Switzerland’s is 8.1 million) The state is Uttarakhand (UK) and it’s present Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has kicked up a row by claiming that Cow is the only animal which inhales and exhales oxygen (O2), and has asserted Asthama patients with breathing problems can be cured by massaging cows.

However Rawat did not specify the direction of the massage, but it is believed that direction of the massage has to do with the specific type of disease to be cured.

A video went viral on Thursday showing Rawat extolling the medicinal properties of cow milk and urine at a function here.

In the video, he said cows not only inhale oxygen but also exhale it.

The chief minister also said that massaging a cow can cure one of breathing problems, while living in close proximity with the animal can cure one of tuberculosis.

ANI even quoted the specifics of the composition of inflow and outflow percentages of Oxygent. The tweet through the official ANI handle said, “Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat: Italian scientists have researched and found that cows exhale up to 80% oxygen. A common person’s aura is 6-7 feet but a country cow’s aura is around 42 feet, it is our belief.”

Post these comments a twitter storm followed and innovative but embarassing memes started flowing in no time.

The chief minister’s cow eulogy comes after Pradesh BJP president and Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt recently said that pregnant women can avoid cesarian deliveries if they drink water of Garud Ganga, a river in Bageshwar district.

Rawat is not the first amongst the protagonists of this theory that contradicts all scientific stupor. The then Education Minister of Rajasthan, Mr Vasudev Devnani, in January 2017 had also specifically claimed that Cow is the only animal that inhales as well as exhales oxygen.

Much earlier to this in a Facebook post shared on December 31, 2016, Acharya Balkrishna, Managing Director and main stakeholder of Patanjali Ayurveda was even more specific to the theory. Down to numerals and percentages, he claimed, that read:

“Gai Prithvi par ek matra aisee praani hai jo oxygen grahan karti hai aur oxygen hi chhodti hai. Gai prakriti se apni avashyakta ka 21% oxygen lete hai aur matra 5% upayog mein lekar shesh 16% prakriti ko vapas kar deti hai. Gai ke sharir par pratidin 15-20 minute haath pherane se b.p. bhi theek hota hai aur netra jyoti bhee badhti hai.”

It can be translated as: “Cow is the only animal on earth that inhales oxygen and also exhales oxygen. The cow takes 21% oxygen from the environment; utilises 5% of it and gives the rest 16% back to the environment. Caressing the cow every day for 15-20 minutes cures Blood Pressure and also enhances vision.”

An official at the UK CM Office defended the chief minister’s remarks saying that he was only stating something which is a common belief in the hills of Uttarakhand.

“While the medicinal values of cow milk and urine are well known, people in the hills also believe that the cow gives them oxygen,” he said requesting anonymity.

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