Monthly Archives: August 2016

The cow is dead: Long live dead cow

Rajesh Kochhar

If the nefarious Indian caste system with its inhuman rigidity has survived for so long it is because it did not interfere with economics. Even when India was a Hindu rashtra, Muslims had not yet come, Indians were ruled by Hindu kings and cow was worshipped with genuine reverence, cows still died a natural death. The men from the relevant untouchable caste would have been called and asked to take the dead cow away. No upper caste man would ever go to see what was being done to the dead cow.

Public whipping of dalit boys for skinning a dead cow makes a travesty of the law of the land as also of tradition.

Muslims can be lynched for eating beef because their anti-vote is a foregone conclusion. But, no political party can hope to come to power if two solid vote blocs (eg Muslims and Dalits) decide to vote against it.
Lust for power is a great social reformer. Many times right things are done for wrong reasons. Let us wait and see if this dictum would hold in near future.
PS. If organs from a dead person can be removed for re-use, why cannot a dead cow be utilized?

Ancient India: Discovery, invention and uses

Rajesh Kochhar

Paper presented at British Scholar Conference ‘Britain and the World’ King’s College London23 June 2016


Physical conquest of India by the British was relatively a simple affair even though it took 60 long years, 1757-1818. But the colonial empire needed legitimacy and support from among the natives.

This was accomplished by developing ancient India as a colonial tool. The same tool was utilized by the Hindus to blunt the missionary attacks on their religion and develop mild courage to look the empire in the eye.

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