I swear I’m not making this up. Extremist Hindus are promoting cow urine as a cure for diabetes and other diseases. This is from an article in the Hindustan Times of 4th November 2006 entitled “Hindus plan cow urine drink to rival Western sodas”, emailed to me by a friend:
A hardliner Hindu organization, known for its opposition to “corrupting” Western food imports, is planning to launch a new soft drink made from cow’s urine, often seen as sacred in parts of India. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), or National Volunteer Corps, said the bovine beverage is undergoing laboratory tests for the next 2 to 3 months but did not give a specific date for its commercial release.
The flavour is not yet known, but the RSS said the liquid produced by Hinduism’s revered holy cows is being mixed with products such as aloe vera and gooseberry to fight diseases such as diabetes and cancer. “Cow urine offers a cure for around 70 to 80 incurable diseases like diabetes. All are curable by cow urine,” Om Prakash, the head of the RSS Cow Protection Department, told Reuters by phone
This is from a country which recently claimed that it was building a ten dollar laptop, then backed out. It is also going to launch a 2000 dollar car, which will probably seat only two people and will need extensive repairs after running a thousand kilometers.