This is our September 2017 issue – focusing on the rise of violence in the name of protecting cows in India. The issue starts with a story by Kabir Agarwal focusing on how cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks go out on watch to find people who are associated with transporting cows or owning them, they not only use means of violence against people, but some have even died due to harsh beatings and weapons used by rakshaks. We also have an explained comment on how this cow has become part of the Hindutva politics in India, written by Rajiv Tyagi and along with him is a comment on how rural economy is being destroyed in the name of cow vigilantism, written by Sudhir Panwar. There is a personal story by Nikhil who talks about his experience of being a beef-eater. Along with it is a data based story on the lynchings in the name of protecting cows, written by Khabri Mishra. Other than these, we have a short travelogue by Gunjan Jhunjhunwala, who visited Kashmir Valley last July. There is a photo-feature showcasing a recent art exhibition organized in Srinagar.
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The Kashmir Walla