South­ern Re­volt

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There have been widespread protests in West Ben­gal, Ker­ala, Kar­nataka and Tamil Nadu about new gov­ern­ment rules that ban the sale of cat­tle for slaugh­ter at an­i­mal mar­kets. Im­promptu beef fes­ti­vals have been or­gan­ised; three overzeal­ous youth Congress work­ers were sus­pended for slaugh­ter­ing a calf in pub­lic, earn­ing a Twit­ter re­buke from Rahul Gandhi; a stu­dent at IIT Madras was badly beaten. Some in the me­dia have de­scribed the beef fes­ti­vals as un­nec­es­sary and even silly, as if eat­ing food le­gally is a provo­ca­tion. Amus­ingly, so ex­er­cised were some on so­cial me­dia that the long-for­got­ten idea of Dravida Nadu was re­sus­ci­tated on Twit­ter in which four south­ern states se­cede from the Union and form their own sovereign na­tion. “I im­plore my fel­low South­ern­ers,” tweeted Shashi Tha­roor, “not to ex­press an anti-na­tional idea”. But with hack­les al­ready raised over the sup­posed im­po­si­tion of Hindi and fresh sus­pi­cions about di­etary in­ter­ven­tions and the Cen­tre’s agenda, this is one beef that’s not go­ing away.

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