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Beef, Murderous Rage, Public Lynching: A Look under the Surface

Beef, Murderous Rage, Public Lynching: A Look under the Surface International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Studies 13(4): 367–370 (2016) Published online 12 April 2016 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) DOI: 10.1002/aps.1489 Beef, Murderous Rage, Public Lynching: A Look under the Surface The rumors of beef being eaten, the murderous rage evoked and the public lynching in September 2015 of a 58 year old Muslim man Aqlakh in Bisada vil- lage next to New Delhi, the capital of India, compels psychoanalytical gaze. Whether the meat was in fact beef is irrelevant and steps taken by the investi- gating agencies like sending the meat for forensic analysis can only feed into the notion that killing and murder of residents of a house in which beef is found is acceptable. We traverse from the manifest to the hidden. The cow is revered as Mother by a sizable section of upper caste Hindus. That the announcement by the priest from the temple in the village that beef was be- ing eaten in the house of the victim evoked anger in the predominant commu- nity of the upper caste Thakurs in the village is in the realm of the comprehensible. However, the explosion of murderous fury leading to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies Wiley

Beef, Murderous Rage, Public Lynching: A Look under the Surface

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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1742-3341
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1556-9187
DOI
10.1002/aps.1489
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International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Studies 13(4): 367–370 (2016) Published online 12 April 2016 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) DOI: 10.1002/aps.1489 Beef, Murderous Rage, Public Lynching: A Look under the Surface The rumors of beef being eaten, the murderous rage evoked and the public lynching in September 2015 of a 58 year old Muslim man Aqlakh in Bisada vil- lage next to New Delhi, the capital of India, compels psychoanalytical gaze. Whether the meat was in fact beef is irrelevant and steps taken by the investi- gating agencies like sending the meat for forensic analysis can only feed into the notion that killing and murder of residents of a house in which beef is found is acceptable. We traverse from the manifest to the hidden. The cow is revered as Mother by a sizable section of upper caste Hindus. That the announcement by the priest from the temple in the village that beef was be- ing eaten in the house of the victim evoked anger in the predominant commu- nity of the upper caste Thakurs in the village is in the realm of the comprehensible. However, the explosion of murderous fury leading to the

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International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic StudiesWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2016

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