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Of Cows, Muslims, and the Right to Religious Difference

Remembering Gandhi in an Era of Escalating Communal Violence in India

MK Gandhi, protection of the cow and eating beef…Notes after Dadri.

Gandhi Jayanti just went by, a national holiday in India, celebrating the birth anniversary of the man for long described as the “Father” of the nation. Never having been an unqualified Gandhi supporter, let alone Gandhian – despite admiring and respecting many aspects of his idiosyncratic, and charismatic personality, and reading with interest his acutely strategic politics - I don’t normally remember him on his anniversary. Nor am I one amongst a growing body of scholars adding new, and nuanced, insights to understanding the man, his ideas and his politics.  Yet over the past three days I have spent time reading some Gandhi, and also the work of scholars who amongst other matters have written on one aspect of his thought/practice that keeps reverberating in my mind  - that of ahimsa or non violence. You may ask why?

Enemy of the Cow

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