At one level, India’s beef ban is silly and frivolous. Surely, a nation that sees itself as an emerging superpower in the 21st Century has bigger things to worry about than to ask “Where’s the beef?”Taleb explained how the dictatorship of the small minority works. In this case, the Hindu majority is being more intolerant and defeating the Muslim minority because Hindus care about cows than Muslims care about eating/exporting beef.
And seen that way, the issue is silly, gimmicky and unsubstantial.
But there is another way of looking at it. Beef is just a symbol of a larger transition. This is much more than a war on meat. This is a great liberal democracy going through the process of redefining itself (against the expressed wishes of its founders) as a Hindu nation that has no time for the liberal tradition.
This is a much more fundamental change in India’s national identity than the world has realised. And this just the beginning. The transformation will continue, with profound consequences, not just for India but for the entire region.
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