The ban is as much an assertion of religious beliefs held by the majority Monpa community as it is an attempt to address the growing fear of “outsiders”.
In India, the more powerful and well known a person, the more likely he or she will go out of their way to make pro-establishment comments.
Material economies that involve cattle – dairy, beef or leather – have always involved service, labour, love and violence.
Demand for beef is skyrocketing across Asia with potentially massive impacts on our planet. Is there a solution?
“Our right to free speech and expression is not a gift or a privilege that the government bestows on us; it is our right.”
Bondita Acharya was allegedly threatened on social media by Bajrang Dal activists with death, rape and acid attacks for condemning the Jorhat arrests.
The so-called ‘illegal’ slaughterhouses are public municipal slaughterhouses across UP, which have been allowed to sink into abysmal conditions due to utter negligence.
The BJP is gradually pushing its Hindutva agenda in Assam and this could have a troubling fallout.
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.
“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.”
After a ruckus was created based on rumours of beef, the owner of the Hayat Rabbani is on the run, while the hotel’s manager and receptionist are in police custody.
Amid the blame-games that will likely begin in the wake of Rajini’s death, his writing should remind us of what we are most at danger of forgetting.
Ansari’s family has alleged that he was beaten and tortured in police custody. But the police have pointed to records that say he was suffering from encephalitis.
We’re told not to ask questions about the surgical strikes, that it is the time of national unity. But blind acceptance of authority is a hallmark of a dictatorship, not a democracy.
The technique used to check for a meat’s origins works best when the meat is raw and worst when it is pan-fried.
The initial veterinary college report said that two kg of meat was found, but the Mathura forensic lab said it was five kg.
A mob attacked the women after they had been detained by the police, with a video showing the police making half-hearted attempts to control the crowd.
Instead of investigating the death of Mustain Abbas, allegedly killed by Gau Raksha Dal members, his family says police officers have been threatening them.
Besides accentuating polarisation and provoking communal conflict, the BJP is turning attention away from the real migrations, cattle deaths and trafficking taking place because of its callous policies.
Changing fashions were already affecting this homegrown industry, the lack of leather will likely kill it
Was Madhav Godbole’s speech cancelled because he was critical about cow slaughter and other issues of interest to the Maharashtra government?
The RSS is sparing no effort to create a sense of siege among Muslims; it is stirring this cauldron of despair at the nation’s peril
As the BJP and Congress gear up for the forthcoming polls in Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi says the Modi government’s talk about development of the Northeast can’t be squared with his denial of special status to the region
With stricter laws and harsher punishments being enforced for cow slaughter and beef consumption, it would seem there has never been a worse time in India to be a butcher or someone who eats beef.
A more plural sense of justice and injustice is needed to enable serious consideration of the shared vulnerabilities of people and animals.
Last week’s announcement that the world’s biggest cloning factory would soon open in China wrinkled many an eyebrow – but it’s not the technology as much as the people and the places involved that’s causing the panic.
Chicken has emerged as India’s third highest source of protein, with consumption almost tripling. However, with rising demand pushing up prices, the consumption of costlier protein sources has fallen.