'Cow'ardly crime!

By Dr Oscar Rebelo
02 October 2015 13:25 IST

The horrific crime in UP wherein an innocent Muslim was lynched to death for having stored and consumed beef by a mob, obviously charged up by the beef ban and other obscurantist culture, now pervading our private spaces, makes you vomit at the sheer brutality of our society.

But this cannot be surprising. 

Intolerance, violence, and a revisionist ideology is what this government to power and the foot soldiers are now demanding their pound of flesh (the more Muslim it is the better).

In Goa, we have been spared the horror and many Goans, brazenly flout the "law" and eat and serve beef, with a wink from the authorities.


The funny question that comes to mind therefore is why is something as sinful and illegal as beef tolerated on Goa but enforced to the death elsewhere???

Does it imply that the day the beef eating population of Goa deserts the ruling dispensation, this law will be strictly implemented and I and my family could go to the gallows for eating beef??

I would be highly obliged if my family was forewarned before the mob descends on us so that we may hide in the vegetable garden or something.

When the mob comes for you, they come for you.

That's the one lesson we all need to learn till the cows come home. 

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Dr Oscar Rebelo

Dr Oscar Rebelo is one of the leading social activist of Goa and a practicing doctor. He led the historic peoples’ movement in 2006-07 to get the anti-Goa Regional Plan scrapped and save Goa from total destruction of Goa’s ecology and natural beauty. He is a Goa-based leader of Aam Aadmi Party. He is also a columnist.

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What a load of BS. You could have done better!

India is a sovereign democratic country where leaders, ideologies, netas and elections, come and go. Wait for the next one and you guys pet Kangress will be up in power once again!

So take a deep breath and don't bombard us with nuclear expletives. There are plenty of sane people in this country and the world. What happened or is happening on several levels is bad but don't try be a Mukustrodamous or try to connect the dots to paint a ghastly or horror picture.

- Achyut, Margao | 07 th October 2015 18:04


Dear Dr Oscar,

Fascism always means war. War with neighbors. War within the fascist nation, civil war. The first one will come. One can be almost certain about that. Regarding the second I have my doubts.

But of one thing I am pretty sure. Fascism is based on deception. Deception that programs the minds of the people the fascists rule. This programming is always targeted at the ethnic majority. This makes it near impossible to tackle fascism through democratic, constitutional or moral means.

Thank you.

- Mukul, Margao | 07 th October 2015 12:18


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