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Pogrom in GujaratHindu Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Violence in India$
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Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151762

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151762.001.0001

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Vibrant Vegetarian Gujarat

Vibrant Vegetarian Gujarat

(p.153) Chapter 5 Vibrant Vegetarian Gujarat
Pogrom in Gujarat

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how despite the historical influences of vegetarian Vaishnava traditions, Jainism, the salience of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat, and its current index of the abject, meat eating is not simply associated with disgust. It also carries great potency, and can signify power. If meat eating was on the one hand identified with vice and with groups considered backward, it could alternatively also be associated with erotic attraction and an alluring potency, modern decadence, and cosmopolitan freedom—an association gaining ground especially among the young. The dual valence of meat is acutely present in how members of lower-caste groups explain, legitimize, and rationalize their own practices of meat consumption or abstention.

Keywords:   meat eating, potency, power, modern decadence, cosmopolitan freedom, vegetarianism, Vaishnava traditions, Jainism, Gujarat

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