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At a lecture in the American Islamic College of Chicago last winter, I met a young Pakistani American. When I told him that I am an Indian and a Hindu, he asked me what I felt about Hindus killing Muslims over the consumption of beef. I didn't know what to say. Maybe I felt exactly what Muslims feel every time people ask them questions about ISIS and Al Qaeda, about 9/11 or the recent Orlando shootings.
NEW DELHI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM -- A day after arresting Hindu Sena chief Vishu Gupta, Delhi Police today nabbed his aide Mohit Rajput for breaching peace and tranquility by calling police claiming that...
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NEW DELHI -- The Kerala House canteen in Delhi will resume serving 'beef fry' from today, after a brief hiatus. The official state house of Government of Kerala at New Delhi had stopped serving buffal...
NEW DELHI -- Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal jumped in on the ongoing controversy over Delhi Police's "raid" at Kerala Bhavan in the capital, following a complaint that its canteen was serving beef. Ke...
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The present controversy around beef eating, accompanied by violent objection and equally aggressive support, is engineered by extremist politicians on both sides reacting to the change of ruling parties at the Centre. The fact is that India is a vast country with a great variety of castes and creeds. There is no Hindu "religion". Unlike the Semitic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam there is no one founder, sacred book and rules of conduct including procedure for conversion and excommunication applicable to Hindu society as a whole.
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As a lover of Kalyani beef biryani, Hyderabad's less famous but much loved other biryani, I wonder what all the fuss about consuming the meat is about. I get it that the cow is like a maata for some Hindus and most will probably not eat beef. But that still leaves a substantial minority that do eat beef. And as I can testify from numerous outings to Kalyani biryani joints in Hyderabad, I've been allowed to consume this meat unmolested.
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PETA's investigation of dairy factory farms across India also documented that animals are crudely and painfully artificially inseminated, denied veterinary care and forced to stand and lie in piles of their own faeces.
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A cattle smuggler and his aide with Rs 7,45,200 were nabbed and 196 cattle heads worth Rs 16,82,700 seized by the BSF from the riverine border of Dhubri sector in Assam along Bangladesh, the BSF said...
Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government this year — stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-major...