Topic: Dadri Lynching
BJP’s beef policy is therefore based on a typical doublespeak of religion and politics. The “legal” beef trade caters to upper-caste bourgeois interests. But by banning “illegal” beef trade, the government is able to endanger the livelihoods and food practices of many Muslims and Dalits for whom beef is a cheaply available source of protein. The prosperity and economic interests of upper-caste beef exporters are hence directly linked to the damage done to the livelihoods in local beef shops.