During the reign of Maharaja Pariksit, anyone found striking the legs of a
cow or bull would immediately be punished. A genuine ksatriya or administrative head, by nature, cannot tolerate abuse of cows. They
cannot sit idle while cows are neglected or treated disrespectfully.
Interestingly, when the Vedic literatures describe the characteristics of the
brahmanas (priests), ksatriyas (rulers), vaisyas (businessmen) and sudras
(general laborers) a common characteristic found in all of them is that they protect cows.
It is tragic that in most parts of India today much greater abuse than beating of legs goes on practically unnoticed. What does it mean?
Are the present-day administrators less than ksatriyas… less than vaisyas… less than sudras? Are they outcastes?