Gau Rakshaks
Opinion  /  Published 18.07.19

Narendra Modi takes his role too seriously

By Valson Thampu

Culture  /  Published 06.07.19

A 134-year-old cow shelter with 6000 cows

Some Marwari cloth merchants gathered at Jamunadas Fakirchand’s shop in central Calcutta’s Sutapatti to discuss protection for stray cows. Out of that discussion was born the Calcutta Pinjrapole S...
By Manasi Shah

Opinion  /  Published 23.01.19

A broken republic where minorities live in fear

Irony proliferates in the India that the Bharatiya Janata Party is striving to build earnestly. In 1950, this young republic had adopted a Constitution — the sacred foundation of the democracy — w...
By The Editorial Board

Opinion  /  Published 29.09.18

Desi dictionary on today's politics

aspiring: adj. a word used by professional and upper middle-class supporters of the BJP (also known as bhakts) to approvingly describe poor or lower middle-class people who vote for Modi. Roughly tran...
By Mukul Kesavan

Opinion  /  Published 04.04.19

Voters must choose between mind and muscle

Hindutva — a rather toxic paste — is what the Bharatiya Janata Party uses to butter its bread. It is thus heartening to see the Congress, the BJP’s principal political rival, adhering to bread a...
By The Editorial Board


Opinion  /  Published 15.07.19

Cows are emotional support animals too

Sir — The ever-vigilant gau rakshaks are, arguably, under tremendous strain given that the grave responsibility of protecting India’s vast bovine population rests on their shoulders. But they may ...
By The Telegraph

Opinion  /  Published 08.09.19

Cow vigilantism, European edition

Sir — It was infuriating to read about the the manner in which Hindu right-wing organizations protested against the inclusion of beef on the menu of an Indian food festival in Frankfurt organized by...
By The Telegraph

Opinion  /  Published 25.10.19

Curing non-vegetarianism: Why stop at cows?

Nightmares do not happen to pure souls. They cannot. Yet the pure-hearted hordes that are willing to kill human beings should they utter one word of disrespect about entities that the hordes vociferou...
By The Editorial Board

Opinion  /  Published 28.06.19

Reason is the first casualty of majoritarianism

Almost 30 years ago, in the midst of Lal Krishna Advani’s rath yatra (arguably the single most fissiparous action by any politician in independent India), a dearly beloved friend told me, “All my ...
By Samantak Das

Opinion  /  Published 28.05.19

A mismatch between word and action

The contrast between the broadness of the prime minister’s vision and the narrowness of its execution on the ground is, unfortunately, quite stark. After returning to power with a massive mandate, N...
By The Editorial Board


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