Wednesday, January 4, 2012

In Defence of The Beef Eaters: Questioning the Ban on Cow Slaughter and of use of Religious Faith as Guide to Law Making


The Madhya Pradesh Bill to ban cow slaughter which received the President's assent has reopened the debate across the nation. The ban is a clear victory of the Hinduvta brigade in Madhya Pradesh. I seek to argue that the legislation is illogical and absurd, to say the least and the constitutional reasons advanced for enacting the legislation are dubious. I further argue that if it is conceded that the actual reasons for the ban is on the basis of the religious faith and sensibilities of the Hindus, especially the so called High Caste Hindus, then it is a slippery slope as religious faith makes a bad guide for law making.