"On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows"
"Stories of alleged beatings, rapes, and occasional killings by cow vigilantes have
saturated the Indian media since September 2015, when a Muslim villager from Dadri,
on the outskirts of Delhi, was lynched after being accused of storing beef in his freezer."
"The reverence these men, and most Hindus, feel for cows is indeed ancient. The animal
is honoured as a selfless nourisher, and the embodiment of the Hindu principle of non-violence.
But the zeal to “save” cows is a modern phenomenon, and masks a more complicated
Many Hindus in Kerala and Tamil Nadu eat beef; so do members of less-powerful castes
in need of a cheap source of protein. India is also the world’s largest beef exporter –
though most of what it sends abroad is actually buffalo meat."