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The Myth of the Holy Cow

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The growth of religious fundamentalism in India is symbolized by the existence of a BJP government committed to the Hindutva. There is growing pressure to declare the cow a sacred, national animal and to ban its slaughter. This illuminating work is a response to this crazed confessionalism. It challenges obscurantist views on the sanctity of the cow in Hindu tradition and culture.

Dwijendra Narayan Jha, a leading Indian historian, argues that beef played an important part in the cuisine of ancient India, long before the birth of Islam. It was very much a feature of the approved Brahmanical and Buddhist diet. The evidence he produces from a variety of religious and secular texts is compelling. His opponents, including the current government of India and the fundamentalist groups backing it, have demanded that the book should be ritually burned in public. It has already been banned by the Allahabad High Court and the author’s life has been threatened.

Synopsis:

In India there is a growing pressure to declare the cow as a sacred, national animal and ban its slaughter. This work is a response to this and challenges obscurantist views on the sanctity of the cow in Hindu tradition and culture.

Synopsis:

A book the government of India demands be ritually burned.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-172) and index.

Synopsis:

This book has already been banned by the Hyderabad Civil Court and the author's life has been threatened. Jha argues against the historical sanctity of the cow in India, in an illuminating response to the prevailing attitudes about beef that have been fiercely supported by the current Hindu right-wing government and the fundamentalist groups backing it.

About the Author

Dwijendra Narayan Jha is Professor of History at the University of Delhi. His books include Ancient India in Historical Outline and Feudal Social Formation in Early India.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859846766
Author:
Jha, Dwijendra Narayan
Publisher:
Verso
Author:
Jha, D. N.
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Bible - Study - General
Subject:
India
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Beef
Subject:
Cows
Subject:
Cattle
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.74x5.64x.78 in. .78 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » India » Modern
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Hinduism » General

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Product details 184 pages Verso - English 9781859846766 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In India there is a growing pressure to declare the cow as a sacred, national animal and ban its slaughter. This work is a response to this and challenges obscurantist views on the sanctity of the cow in Hindu tradition and culture.
"Synopsis" by , A book the government of India demands be ritually burned.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-172) and index.
"Synopsis" by , This book has already been banned by the Hyderabad Civil Court and the author's life has been threatened. Jha argues against the historical sanctity of the cow in India, in an illuminating response to the prevailing attitudes about beef that have been fiercely supported by the current Hindu right-wing government and the fundamentalist groups backing it.
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