The Myth of the Holy Cow

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Hugely controversial upon its publication in India, 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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Wonderful book.what a work.its really hard to collect this many proffered.great work . everyone should read this.

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It is essential that Hindus look at their history as facts & not a superstition or twisting of facts to suits certain type of thinking. Author is made genuine efforts to put an evidence that vedic Indians used to eat meat. There is nothing wrong in that fact. That does not bring down any values, principles of vedic religion. This is a worthy book every hindu should read. We hindus become too emotional about talking our 'Glorious' past.. This books shows that those indians from that glorious era had different type of thinking than how indians thinks today.. This is a great book, if u keep yourself objective & stick with facts. Veer Savarkar has written in his books about meat eating practices of Ramayana & Mahabharata.  

Contents

Preface to the Verso Edition
ix
Abbreviations
13
Note on Transliterations
16
Introduction
17
Animals are verily food but Yajnavalkya Favours Beef
27
The Rejection of Animal Sacrifice An Assertion of the Sacredness of the Cow?
61
The Later Dharmasastric Tradition and Beyond
90
The Cow in the Kali Age and Memories of Beef Consumption
113
A Paradoxical Sin and the Paradox of the Cow
127
Resume The Elusive Holy Cow
138
Bibliography
149
Index
173
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About the author (2004)

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.

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