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Just as we use a centrifugal device to separate buffalo milk and cream, we could extract gold from cow’s milk (Reuters file)
Just as we use a centrifugal device to separate buffalo milk and cream, we could extract gold from cow’s milk (Reuters file)

Opinion | All that glitters is desi cow milk

Dilip Ghosh, BJP’s West Bengal chief, has said that desi (native) cow’s milk contains gold, as it’s yellowish in colour

In 2014, seven buffaloes were stolen from the well-protected farmhouse of Azam Khan, a powerful minister in the erstwhile Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh. A massive manhunt was launched and sniffer dogs were employed to retrieve the bovines. The buffaloes were eventually found, but not before three policemen were suspended for “dereliction of duty".

A startling “revelation" by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader might make Khan wonder whether the frantic chase for his buffaloes was worth the effort and the sweat. Dilip Ghosh, BJP’s West Bengal chief, has said that desi (native) cow’s milk contains gold, as it’s yellowish in colour. Ghosh, who trained as a fitter at an industrial training institute, also offered a physiological reason to back his claim. He said that Indian native cows have a hump on their back, which is embedded with “Swarna Nadi" (a golden artery or vein), and when sunlight falls on the hump, it produces gold.

Had we known about this wonder of alchemy earlier, the country would not have had to import so much gold every year. In 2018, we imported about 760 tonnes of the precious metal, worth more than $31 billion. Just as we use a centrifugal device to separate buffalo milk and cream, we could extract gold from cow’s milk. The naïve lot who studied science, meanwhile, have put the milk’s yellow tinge down to a pigment called beta-carotene. The same pigment is found in carrots, they say. But after Ghosh’s revelation, they should know better.

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