Sunday, Mar 26, 2023

The creation of the myth of the holy cow, the many lies and half-truths around it, and in recent times, the political discourse that the animal finds itself in

Issue Date : 06 February 2023


Diametrically Opposite Views Of Judiciary On Cow

A compilation of observations by judiciary at all three levels, some validating commonly held, unscientific myths surrounding the cow, others proffer sensible advice to the state


From Greased Cartridges In 1857 Revolt To Mob Violence: The Many Aspects Of Cow In India

The politics of cow can’t be decoded without appreciating a genuine cultural rift that pervades several spheres, linguistic to ideological.


When Cow Protection As State Policy And Cow Vigilantism Go Hand In Hand

In Uttar Pradesh, the cow, and its progeny, an animal essential for the rural economy, has transformed into a symbol of distress for both Muslims and Hindus.


The Age Of WhatsApp University And A Political Animal Called Cow

To understand why does myth of the holy cow continues to endure, one must look at history, not the one preached by WhatsApp University but real textual evidence and track the trajectory of the cow from a milch cattle that was eaten and sacrificed to a divine entity


Cow Products: From An Exalted Position In Indian Psyche To All Over The Marketplace

Markets across the country are being flooded by products made from cow urine and dung including all sorts of concoctions, which are claimed to cure debilitating diseases like cancer, without any scientific evidence


The Land Where Cow Is Not Holy But A Friend Also

The Adivasis don’t milch cows for milk, but leave it for their calves to grow stronger to help them in cultivating their fields. They celebrate both cow and buffalo as their trusted friends.


The Dichotomy Of Discourse On Cow Between The Demonic And The Divine

How does the cow politics of the RSS/BJP or relevant theories by scholars justify the complete marginalization of the buffalo in our history, memory, consciousness and culture, asks Kancha Ilaiah


Where The Divisive Politics Of Holy Cow Has No Place

If one has to pick single most significant factor that binds Keralites together irrespective of their political and religious affiliations, it is nothing other than their quintessential love for beef, writes Shahina K.K.


How The ‘Holy Cow’ Reached Bengal But Remained Just Another Animal

Though the cow never attained the status of a ‘mother’ among Bengali Hindus in contrast to their counterparts in North India, it became a major political issue of conflict in both urban and rural areas by the 1920s


Why We Need Scientific Temper In An Era Of Cow Politics

As people get disproportionately targeted for eating beef based on caste and class, it is important to understand the blurred history of beef-eating in India.


All In The Name Of Cow Protection

It is important to understand the depth of the politicisation of the issue of cow protection which, over the last couple of decades, has resulted in the production of violent vigilantes called 'gau rakshaks' (cow protectors).


Cow Politics: The Crisis Of Vigilante Justice In Jharkhand

In the face of increasingly indifferent law enforcement, Jharkhand is witness to increased violence against people suspected to consume beef or transport cows.

Culture & Society

The Alchemical Journey Of The Soul

An art exhibit that attempts to show the different stages of the soul as it goes through an alchemical journey of transformation that involves purification and unification.


Diary: A War Against Drugs

A young police officer in Manipur who took voluntary retirement in protest, discusses her journey fighting the war on drugs in the northeastern state.