A Gesture of Great Import


Muslims in north India have taken the lead in banning the slaughter of cows for food.

A radical change seems to be sweeping the northern cow belt, serving to erode somewhat Muslims’ isolation on the contentious issue of cow slaughter. Two parallel developments, in Haryana’s Kheri Kalan and Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, testify to the minority community’s growing receptiveness to the long-standing demand to thwart cattle trafficking and illegal slaughter. Mathura’s Muslims resolved last month that they would not let cows be killed. An anti-cow slaughter convention was organised at Islamia Inter College, with rustling and butchering of cows being blamed on outsiders. This reflects a wider trend among Muslims to support a deeply emotive Hindu causeā€¦

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