By Aakar Patel – When did you first read stories of cow vigilantes?
I suspect that like me you did not read of cow vigilantism before this government signalled intent and then state governments like Maharashtra and Haryana began introducing laws in March 2015.
This triggered something that began the violence, and Mohammed Akhlaq was murdered in September 2015.
In brief, the rules allowing how cattle (including buffaloes) may be sold for slaughter have been changed to make it very difficult, if not impossible, to conduct a meat business.
Ostensibly the reason is to control disease and hygiene, but you have to be particularly innocent to believe that.
Those made apoplectic by distinctions between good terrorists and bad terrorists now make a distinction between good Hindutvawadis and bad Hindutvawadis.
How difficult is it to understand that if you keep pushing gau raksha what you will get is gau rakshaks? more> https://goo.gl/eDVz0D
By Santosh Desai – By itself, the ability to claim the right to quicker passage in traffic, is privilege enough, but in this case, the siren as symbol was far more potent.
It signified a sense of screaming impatience with the very people that those in these vehicles were meant to represent. It identified people as the problem and power as the solution. By visibly identifying the special, it made everyone else ordinary.
Can one mere new rule change a time honored practice?
The whole point of reaching a position of power is to get the beacon, wangle some security and to hurtle past toll booths without paying.
As long as the principle that underpins this action is not challenged at a fundamental level, banning one action is bound to end up as a token nod to a half-hearted intent.
There can be no piece-meal approach to this problem. We cannot have a separate protocol for VIP handling for at airports. We cannot keep thinking of the waiver of frisking during airport security as a privilege, we cannot allow officials to put their designations on their car registration plates.
The extent to which this behavior is considered normal can be gauged by how easily and publicly a self-important high official can start groveling the moment someone even higher appears on the scene. The tableau of an untidy gaggle of people alternating between barking orders at underlings and groveling energetically in the direction of the presiding deity is a common sight. more> https://goo.gl/kTfYHk