Mathura: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday hit out at critics who argue that the mention of words ‘Om’ and ‘cow’ takes India centuries back, saying they are hell-bent on damaging the country. Modi took the jibe at as he launched a nationwide programme here to save livestock from the foot and mouth disease, delivering 600 million vaccine shots to farm animals over the next several years. Beginning with Radhey, Radhey, a customary greeting in the Brajbhoomi’ around Mathura, Modi promoted cleanliness, spoke against single-use plastic and invoked the 9/11 attack on America this day 18 years ago to indirectly condemn Pakistan for nurturing terrorism. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”There is a country called Rwanda in Africa. I had gone there. In Rwanda, there is a unique programme, where the government gives cows to villages with the condition that the first female calf born to the cow is taken back and given to those who do not have a cow,” he said. “This way a chain operates. And their endeavour is that in Rwanda every household should have a cow, milk production and animal rearing, which forms the base of the economy. I have myself seen how a network to earn livelihood through a cow has Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kbeen established there,” Modi said. “But it is unfortunate that in our country the moment the word ‘Om’ falls on the ears of some people, they get alarmed (‘baal khadhe ho jaate hai’),” he said. “They also get alarmed by the word ‘cow’. They feel as if that the country has gone back to the 16th or the 17th century, he said. Mocking this gyan (wisdom) of the critics, he said such people are hell-bent on damaging the country. He wondered whether anyone can imagine an economy without animal husbandry. “In the life of rural India, animal husbandry is very valuable. Can a family in a village survive without it? But I don’t know why some people get an electric shock on hearing the word,” Modi said. He said environment and livestock were always at the core of India’s economic thought and philosophy. And hence, be it Swachh Bharat or Jal Jeevan Mission or promoting agriculture and animal husbandry, we always try to maintain a balance between nature and economy.” In his 40-minute speech, the prime minister also brought up the terror attack on America this day in 2001.