Politics over the cow
Why should the food habits of Muslims and Dalits be a problem for the Hindutvavadis? Depending on one’s choice and need, one eats vegetarian or non-vegetarian food. Why should anyone else interfere? Can anyone guarantee that no Hindu eats cow meat?
So that cows remain safe in the sheds
Experience gathered over generations has taught cattle-rearers when to sell off a cow or bull, and when they do so, they know very well that their animal would be taken straight to the slaughterhouse. This is their economic compulsion
Forward Thinking, June 2015
“These laws hurt not only the beef-eating minorities – Muslims and Christians (17 per cent) – but also the SCs and STs (25 per cent), who, if not all beef-eaters, often depend on the trade for their livelihood”