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India’s ban on cow slaughter: appeasing the BJP Hindu base but scoring an economic own goal?

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While India’s ban on selling cattle for slaughter has triggered violent vigilantism, Peter Mayer and Mandar Oak consider its impact on the country’s economy It is common knowledge that the cow is held as sacred by many Hindus. As the English usage is ambiguous, it is important to specify that it is only females of […]

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Safety of cows, sacrifice of minorities: cow vigilantism in India

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In a new regime that protects the welfare of cattle, the Indian government overlooks the safety and livelihood of its minorities, argues Pawan Singh Restrictions on buying and selling cows and other cattle in open livestock markets in India began in May 2017 when the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change implemented the Supreme […]

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Did economics triumph in Uttar Pradesh?

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The BJP’s landslide victory in this populous Indian state reflects a potentially combustible mix of old and new, write Pawan Singh and Jonathan Balls The unexpected landslide victory in this month’s Uttar Pradesh elections by the party of prime minister Narendra Modi has fuelled a debate about whether politics is changing in North India’s populous […]

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Jayalalithaa: death of a political mother goddess

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India’s most populous state, Tamil Nadu, faces uncertain political times following the death of its charismatic chief minister, Jayalalitha, writes Peter Mayer The unexpected death of J Jayalalithaa1, five-time chief minister of India’s populous Tamil Nadu state, evoked an eruption of mass grief. Four hundred and seventy people are reported to have died of shock […]

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Eastern Himalaya abuzz with ethnic revival

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The people of eastern Himalaya are turning ethnic politics to their advantage Starting in 2009, eggs were declared as contraband items for almost three years by the government of the eastern Himalaya state of Sikkim, India. Imposed at the height of the avian flu pandemic in 2009, the ban turned many ordinary people into temporary […]

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‘Sacred cows’ fuel India’s booming beef industry

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India’s cow protection policies have little to do with animal rights or ethics Most Indian states criminalise the slaughter of the cow, bull and progeny, and beef sourced from them, based on a core Hindu ethic of reverencing the cow as sacred. The blind spot in the politics and legislation of India’s cow protectionism, however, […]