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Mobilizing the Hindu Community

Gyanendra Pandey

in The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780198077305
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081097 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077305.003.0005
Mobilizing the Hindu Community

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The ritual slaughter of cows came to occupy centre-stage in the politics of the late nineteenth century ‘not so much because the Muslims loved to sacrifice cows as because the militant Hindus [and, one might add, the colonial regime] made it an issue’. Cow-protection was also of special importance in bridging the gap between urban and rural Hindus and élite and popular levels of ‘communalism’. This chapter asks how all this happened: what did the call for cow-protection amount to, and how was it received by different sections of the putative Hindu community? These questions are investigated through a close examination of Cow-Protection activities and propaganda in the Bhojpuri region.

Keywords: slaughter of cows; cow-protection; Bhojpuri region; communalism; Hindus; Muslims; Cow-Protection activities; Hindu community

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