Tracking the incidents of lynching over cow slaughter and the possession and consumption of beef from September 2015 to July 2017.
The bench took note of the Centre’s statement that it was reconsidering the cattle trade notification by taking into account various objections.
The custodial death of a tribal man and the incarceration of a Dalit and two Muslims, all arrested for cattle slaughter, is seen by locals as part of an extortion racket.
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.
Does the Centre have the power to make rules prohibiting the slaughter of animals for food and religious sacrifice, or on their sale for these purposes?
The mindless ‘protest’ by Youth Congress members has been widely condemned but a photo being circulated by a BJP leader of slaughtered cows is old and of uncertain origin.
Cultural transformations and a growing fear of socio-economic alienation are breeding a deep sense of social angst among adivasis against those perceived as ‘outsiders’.
In addition to destroying livelihoods linked to dairy farming, leather production and beef export, the government’s move will lead to an explosion in the number of ‘stray’ cattle.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the order is an “attempt to destroy India’s secular structure” that will “affect the poor the most”.
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.
One of those arrested, a minor, has been sent to an observation home, while the other two were sent to 14-day judicial remand.
Pehlu Khan succumbed to his injuries two days after him and four others were assaulted on the highway for allegedly transporting cows illegally.
To blame butchers and the meat industry for not complying with the law is to ignore the unhelpful attitude to business of the state’s administration.
“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.
The Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill was passed in the absence of Congress MLAs, who were suspended for a day for creating ruckus in the house.
A look at the Persian literary incarnation of the Brahman and the presentation of religious difference in the work of poet Abdul Qadir “Bedil”.
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 Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched over rumours of cow slaughter remains divided, with both victims and perpetrators caught up in the process of law.
Many applicants are affiliated with Hindutva groups and gau rakshak samitis.
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.
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.
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.
If those cave paintings where human beings drew representations of life marked the beginning of human culture, this mob and police intimidation of art is surely the death of it.
In the 1962 elections, Jan Sangh supporters spread rumours that Nehru used to go to the Ashoka hotel to eat beef and posters were put up in Delhi showing him with a sword in his hand leading cows to slaughter. The result of the assembly election of Bihar […]
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The forces of intolerance can be successfully fought on a broad secular-democratic platform. Of course, the fight is going to be tough but the way forward is resistance not retreat.
Depleting grazing lands, the disappearing role for indigenous cattle breeds in agriculture production as providers of milk, energy, manure and beef, coupled with a ban on cattle slaughter have led to plummeting cattle populations
The process of creating a Hindu mirror image of radical Islam is underway. India’s shrinking space for syncretism will struggle to resist its growth
We need to worry not about the future of cows or beef-eating but the status and fate of Muslims in India.
India needs political leaders who can make people understand and accept that even if Hinduism is the dominant religion, men and women cannot be killed because what they write or what they eat offends Hindus.
‘Dadri incident is sad and unwelcome but has nothing to do with the Central government,’ says the Prime Minister.
“I can’t fight the growing communal forces physically so I have decided to lodge a silent protest by returning the award,” the 75-year-old author of more than 30 books said.
A telling documentary relates the tragic tale of how India’s holy cows meet their death, even as the government and the courts and self-appointed protectors of ‘gau mata’ sit back and do nothing.
Strangely enough, or perhaps characteristically, the Prime Minister did not promise severe action against the killers of writers, rational thinkers and ordinary people suspected of eating beef.
Mainpuri (UP): After Dadri, tension now prevails in this district where rumours of cow slaughter triggered violence with protesters targeting police vehicles and setting afire shops, leaving seven policemen injured. Twenty-one people have been arrested for yesterday’s violence, even as the circle officer has been suspended for alleged laxity. […]
If meat export is the policy, is it a deliberate “policy diversion” on the part of senior BJP leaders to discredit our thriving meat industry with their innuendo and even outright suggestions that beef is being exported along with buffalo meat?
I am doing this in memory of the Indians who have been murdered, in support of all Indians who uphold the right to dissent, and of all dissenters who now live in fear and uncertainty.