intersectional revolutionary journal

Why have a beef with beef?

By Amrita Misra || October 2015

Most Hindus follow their religion based on ‘hearsay’….literally, parents or people in authority say what our religion/rituals are, we hear and follow. One will find very few self-identifying Hindus who have read the religious texts and understand them, let alone realize those texts have changed and been interpreted many times over in the proverbial 5000 years. Read on, for even my very own Brahmin scientist father and people like him have found their mothers in unknown cows but have a difficult time respecting human life.

What say, Hindus?!!!

Apastamb Grihsutram (1/3/10) says, “The cow should be slaughtered on the arrival of a guest, on the occasion of ‘Shraddha’ of ancestors and on the occasion of a marriage.”

In your pious Hindu face!!

Vashistha Dharmasutra (11/34) writes, “If a Brahmin refuses to eat the meat offered to him on the occasion of ‘Shraddha’ or worship, he goes to hell.”

You gotta be fucking Hindu-kidding me!!

Rigveda (10/85/13) declares, “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.”3

Now you are just asking for your old Hindu ass to be whipped??!!

Rigveda (6/17/1) states that “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo.”  5

This must have been one shameless Hindu!!!

Maharishi Yagyavalkya says in Shatpath Brahmin (3/1/2/21) that, “I eat beef because it is very soft and delicious.”

Apparently the ultimate Hindutva symbol, Swami Vivekananda had said: “You will be astonished if I tell you that, according to the old ceremonials, he is not a good Hindu who does not eat beef……There was a time in this very India when, without eating beef, no Brahmin could remain a Brahmin….”

So Hindus have themselves been flip flopping on this beef issue for centuries now!!

Interesting how the India since I was a child has changed. India’s Directive Principles restrict slaughtering of cows, in most of the country. The new found love for mother cow, is not a new issue, as BJP & Co. are attempting to showcase as their contribution to Hindu Rashtra creation movement. Last word of advice: Don’t fall pray to the sentiments of beef ban, because Indian constitution protects cows better than its women population! 🙁


Further Readings:
India Opines
Vivekananda Says



Amrita Misra is a conscientious objector to the racist, sexist, homophobic, sweatshop-laden and greed-driven world order. Hailing from Odisha, and living in New York, she identifies herself as a feminist of color. She can be found on

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