I don’t eat beef. Because I was told not to from childhood and so have an inbuilt abhorrence to it. It is neither based on science nor do I see the cow as a mother figure. My mother passed away 18 years ago and she was all the mum I needed and more, much more, and no cud-chewing three-stomached animal is going to be a proxy. But to go after human beings with a zeal that is suited more to savages is now bordering on the absurd. The deliberate and vicious beating up of four or six or seven Dalit men by a gang in Una town in Gujarat, and the flock of human sheep who watched the atrocity without a murmur of protest, is sickening.