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LUCKNOW: ‘The British origin of cow-slaughter in India’, with some British documents on the anti-kine-killing movement 1880-1894, is the latest book by Dharampal, and speaks about one of the most significant movements in India, that of anti-kine-killing, by the British, during the nineteenth century. The book will be officially released on Tuesday by Dr S Kalbe Sadik.
Dharampal is a renowned author whose works have consistently challenged the prevalent mainstream understanding and belief about the nature and functioning of the Indian society and policy before the arrival of the British. The book’s introduction summarises the main events of the anti-cow slaughter movement of 1880-94, some documents related to the movement and an epilogue. The book counters the general impression that Muslims in India eat beef, which is perhaps a myth perpetuated by the British.
"While it may be generally known that a very large number of cows and their progeny were daily slaughtered by the British for their army and civilian personnel in India from about 1750 onwards, very little is known, even to most scholars and historical researchers of India, about this India-wide anti-kine-killing movement against the British, between 1880-1894," said Dharampal while addressing mediapersons in the city on Monday.
He added that even those among the few scholars who have taken some note of this movement, have treated it as a Hindu-Muslim conflict. "But such was not the case, as the documents presented in this book show, that many prominent Muslims as well as the Parsis and Sikhs actively participated in the movement. The fact that the movement was directed against the British and not against the Muslims, as commonly believed, was very clear to Queen Victoria and her high-ranking officers," he pointed out.
The preface to the book traces the origin of large scale cow slaughter in India. The book states that during the period of Muslim rule in India, cow slaughter in India took place only on certain occasions like Id, when cow slaughter was a ritual. It was during the British rule, that cow slaughter took place on a large scale to provide beef to the British troops and civilians. "During Muslim rule in India, the number of cattle slaughtered was not more than 20,000 per year. Mahatma Gandhi in a speech in 1917, said that the British were killing about 30,000 cattle everyday for meat. It was the enormous increase in cow slaughter that alarmed the Hindus of North India and led to the country-wide movement of 1880-1894," he declared.
Dharampal urged people to try and understand the British origin of cow slaughter in India and stop blaming the Muslims, who were not responsible for this. He suggested that a total ban on cow slaughter may bring us closer to our true Indian identity.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Muslims-not-perpetrators-of-cow-slaughter-in-India-Dharampal/articleshow/26601129.cms

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