How does someone’s narrow pursuit become a sacred national issue? Noted Hindi satirist Harishankar Parsai tells us in this biting piece that is as relevant today as it was when written in the 1960s.
To justify a cattle slaughter ban in India, many point to Nepal’s cow protection laws. But history shows the ‘Hindu nation’ followed an intentionally ambiguous approach to cattle slaughter as an exercise in social realpolitik.
According to Ainul Ansari’s family, he was carrying mutton, not beef.
Not only has the Centre gone against federal values, it’s new ban on cattle trade for slaughter infringes on a number of fundamental rights.
People at the protest apparently mistook the student for a journalist and were angered when he refused to take pictures of the ‘gau rakshaks’ handing out pamphlets.
The highly skewed cow to worker ratio in Jaipur’s Hingonia Cow Rehabilitation Centre has exposed gau sevaks to several occupational hazards.
A freak incident in Kolkata has unwittingly become a powerful reflection of our times.
As part of project Hindutva, Shome Basu documents how badly cows are treated and monetised despite being considered the holiest among all animals.
Three men transporting buffaloes in a truck were allegedly beaten up by vigilantes near Kalkaji metro station in south Delhi late last Saturday night.
Since 2015, about 12 people have died due to cow vigilantism while the government and police remain a mute witness to such events.
In a report to the apex court on cow protection, the Centre has suggested that each cow and its progeny should get a ‘Unique Identification Number’.
The attack that killed Pehlu Khan and injured other Muslim cattle traders has left a community angry, helpless and wanting to give up the trade.
The violence perpetrated by Hindu organisations in the name of cow protection impelled Gandhi to shun the term in his later years. He consciously chose terms like ‘gau seva’ (caring for the cow) or ‘pashu-sudhaar’ (improvement of livestock).
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.
As the cow-protection issue spirals, noted Hindi satirist Harishankar Parsai’s stinging piece on cow worship in the time of elections comes to mind. Written years ago, ‘An encounter with a cow worshipper’ is as relevant today, if not more so.
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.
For a community that trades in oxen, the rise in cow vigilantism has meant a loss of livelihood. Continued apathy from the state hasn’t helped.
Article 48 of the constitution was worded in scientific terms and not on religious lines. But it is clear that the formulation of the provision involved a distinctive presence of religious fervour.
“Humein iska badla chahiye, aur hum iska badla leke rahenge. Hinduon ne chudiyaan nahi pehen rakhi hain, in mullon ko jad se ukhaad denge hum,” a speaker said.
Beyond the safety of minorities and biryani policing in Haryana, the IPS are under an obligation to act like leaders, not as mere passengers.
As attacks and arrests increase in the name of gau raksha, this Muslim community in Rajasthan is on the run.
In Mewat, growing cow vigilantism indicates a complete lack of contemporary and historical understanding of complex cultures.
Many applicants are affiliated with Hindutva groups and gau rakshak samitis.
“Shouldn’t we protect the famished people first? Tell me, what is the point of saving barren cows which only gobble up the feed?”
BJP worker Praveen Poojary died after a right-wing mob attacked him for transporting a cow. His companion Akshay Devediga is still in hospital.
Any concilatory outreach to Muslims by Narendra Modi could anger the Sangh faithful
Protests in Kashmir and Gujarat bring us a new turn in status quo politics – but the costs on the road to change have been far, far too high.
Two incidents, within two days of each other, are a small window into the cycle of violence, legitimised by the idea of “cow protection”, that led to the protests.
The initial veterinary college report said that two kg of meat was found, but the Mathura forensic lab said it was five kg.
Incidents of violence were reported late last night in Rajkot and Mehsana, while protest marches were today held in Limbdi and Surat, police said.
There have been at least three incidents like the one in Una in the last two months, the head of the team alleged.
Protestors demonstrated their anger against an incident of violence against Dalits by ‘gau raksha’ vigilantes last week.
Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched to death in September 2015 on suspicion of eating beef.
The incident occurred on Monday morning, when 46-year-old Balu Sarvaiya and other members of his family were skinning a cow carcass.
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.
Farm and dairy animals like cows and goats are dying painfully of a severe shortage of fodder and drinking water.