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C. S. Adcock; Sacred Cows and Secular History: Cow Protection Debates in Colonial North India. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 August 2010; 30 (2): 297–311. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-2010-014
Proponents of cow protection in colonial north India around the turn of the twentieth century made abundant use of “economic” arguments for a legislative ban on cow slaughter. Drawing on recent critical reflections on secular history, this essay explores what it might mean to take these economic arguments seriously.