Sacred Cows and Secular History: Cow Protection Debates in Colonial North India
- Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- Duke University Press
- Volume 30, Number 2, 2010
- pp. 297-311
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Proponents of cow protection in colonial north India around the turn of the twentieth century made abundant use of "economic" arguments for a legislative ban on cow slaughter. Drawing on recent critical reflections on secular history, this essay explores what it might mean to take these economic arguments seriously.