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Rajiv Tyagi


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Photograph courtesy: Kashmiri cartoonist and graphic artist Mir Suhail The idea of the cow as the revered mother, worthy of lifetime service, and therefore outside the purview of the abattoir, is no earlier than a sixteenth century construct. Most Hindus today are under the impression that their Vedic ancestors revered the cow for its sacredness, a misconception actively encouraged by the drivers of current Hindutva politics. Hindutva, a relatively new political ideology that uses elements of Hinduism and the ‘otherness’ of Abrahamic faiths, drives the current majoritarian political discourse in India, using religious polarization as its raison d’etre. It proudly