there have been a number of sniggering news stories about the bjp selling medicines derived from cow-urine and cowdung. the subtext is: "these primitive hindus and their superstitions about cows!"
but what about the civilized non-hindus who eat cow's kidneys, intestinal linings, 'sweetbreads' (what a lovely euphemism for strange internal organs)? or, in the us rural south, pigs' feet? or in east asia, dogs, snakes, etc.?
and when will all these civilized people start eating their own dead parents? why not trendy cannibalism? will help control the population, too. when will we start seeing packaged human body parts on sale, first in china, no doubt? i have seen some photos of aborted human fetuses being prepared and turned into soup in a chinese kitchen. truly abhorrent. see also this link and this link. i guess if the indian english language media were to come across these, they would praise china for its advanced 'stem cell research', and the use of fetal stem cells for rejuvenation!
moral of the story: it is easy to poke fun at others' consumption habits, but consider your own, which might be equally disgusting or even worse.
and besides, here is evidence that cows aren't exactly inert as most of us imagine. next time you bite into a steak, remember Bessy's large, imploring eyes, asking, "how could you eat me?"
i am not a vegetarian or a radical about food, but i believe radical vegetarians do have a point.