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Hindu beef eaters are speaking out, and more are joining their ranks

They are injecting freshness, vigour and first-person energy into the liberal discourse on beef

Image via Shutterstock
Image via Shutterstock

“I have eaten beef many times. Will you kill me?” This  tweet and Facebook post, a couple of days ago, from Ashok Agarwal, a dogged fighter for proper schooling for Delhi’s poor and powerless,  was surprising, far more than a similar statement from Shobhaa De. I didn’t expect this middle-aged, soberly dressed member of a community commonly perceived as vegetarian, to advertise a taste for beef.  Nor, clearly, did several of his Facebook friends. They argued clamorously with those who wrote posts applauding him for his boldness. They urged Agarwal, ...