RSS and BJP activists in Kerala have found themselves in an awkward position.
Muslims must say that they are here to stay, that nobody has a right to tell them to leave the country, that they will live here with their Muslim-ness just as Hindus live with their Hindu-ness and think that it is the only Indian way.
Slaughter bans and the bans on transportation across states, violently enforced by bands of gau rakshaks, deprive the farmer of any resale value for their cattle.
One of those arrested, a minor, has been sent to an observation home, while the other two were sent to 14-day judicial remand.
“How can I force anyone not to slaughter cows unless he is himself so disposed? It is not as if there were only Hindus in the Indian Union. There are Muslims, Parsis, Christians and other religious groups here.”
Chhattisgarh is not alone in enhancing the penalty for a law which by the chief minister’s own admission is not even being violated.
Even as the ‘beef ban’ and demonetisation hit Indian industries, bovine meat comes to India’s economic rescue. But steps must be taken to help the industry seize new opportunities.
Now that promises of progress and development haven’t played out as they hoped, the BJP’s top duo are turning back to communal polarisation.
Arvind Subramanian’s earlier statements indicate he has been against the idea of “Big Bang” reforms, arguing instead for an incrementalist approach.
Beyond the safety of minorities and biryani policing in Haryana, the IPS are under an obligation to act like leaders, not as mere passengers.
The village where Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched over rumours of cow slaughter remains divided, with both victims and perpetrators caught up in the process of law.
The pleas ask that members of the Qureshi community should be allowed to slaughter bulls and bullocks, who are over 16 years old as they are of no use to farmers.
Many applicants are affiliated with Hindutva groups and gau rakshak samitis.
Thirty petitioners – some Dalits, some not, some representing sex workers and others who say eating beef is part of their food culture – are challenging Maharashtra’s ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks and the consumption of beef of cattle slaughtered in Maharashtra.
After warning of a ‘pink revolution’ in his election speeches, the prime minister now says the danger to cows come not from slaughter but from plastic.
Patriarchal protectionism spared the lives of the two women in Madhya Pradesh who were assaulted for allegedly carrying beef.
The state government may have the legal backing to enact a ban on dog meat, but will likely face public opposition to its implementation.
Notwithstanding Modi’s talk of ‘vikas’, the party’s sustained politics of polarisation reflects its failure to move beyond Hindutva and its doublespeak.
Narendra Modi should have shown more sensitivity by announcing that the Centre would not celebrate the achievements of the government until the condition of the 350 million people affected by the drought improved.
By declaring that citizens cannot be prevented from eating beef obtained from a state or country where there is no prohibition on slaughter, the court has narrowed the scope of state intervention on the question of cow slaughter to the protection of clear agricultural interests and nothing else.
The sanghi one-size-fits-all nationalism can be turned on its head in places like the Valley, the Northeast and parts of south India, where the politics of “one nation, one language, one culture” finds little resonance.
Sales have crashed and harassment by vigilante groups have increased; many butchers are contemplating moving out to other businesses
Facing a multitude of problems including pollution regulations, ‘gau mata’ protectors and the scale economies of large mechanised slaughterhouses, Kanpur’s leather industry is facing a decline.
The overarching sense is that it is religious practice and use, rather than ecology, science or animal cognition, that is the shining light for subliminal but broad changes in our environmental policies.
Milk drinking is pronounced in northwest India where the vast majority of people are lactose tolerant. In non-milk-drinking northeastern India, the lack of protein in the diet is generally made up by the consumption of meat, eggs and fish.
A complaint by cow protection vigilantes led to swift – and some say brutal – police action. And after testing the meat seized and concluding it was beef, the police handed it over to the vigilantes who then disposed of it.
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